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This week in the twitterphere, The New York Times launched “The 1619 Project,” a collection of essays, criticism, and art regarding the legacies of the first slave ship to land in Virginia in 1619 and how it continues to influence the present. Scholars can access the project through The New York Times here or find a .pdf version of the project offered by the Pulitzer Center here.

Also addressing slavery in colonial Virginia, Nell Painter sparked debate across Twitter with her article, “How We Think About the Term ‘Enslaved’ Matters,” published by The Guardian. Find it here.

Published by The Art Newspaper, Gareth Harris highlights London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s support for a proposal to develop a museum or monument in London to mark the city’s and Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade. Read more here

In her article, “No, Confederate Monuments Don’t Preserve History. They Manipulate It,” Ana Lucia Araujo examines the political agenda behind the creation of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Park and how the removal of Davis’s name from the monument earlier this month is part of a larger movement to reckon with the history of slavery in Virginia. Learn more here.

Published by The Guardian, Amanda Holpuch’s “Do Idyllic Southern Plantations Really Tell the Story of Slavery,” questions how southern plantation museums address their history of enslavement and examines a broader national debate about the legacy of slavery. Read more here.