This page holds the content for H-Slavery's series of weekly posts tracking content about slavery on Twitter. The series is authored by Amanda McGee of the University of Arkansas. Readers may also be interested in our earlier series flagging news stories concerning slavery, available here.
This week in the twittersphere, scholars are working to piece together the story of the Underground Railroad to Mexico, a network that helped thousands of slaves escape to south of the border. Find out more here.
This week in the twittersphere, Jesuits in St. Louis, Missouri, search for descendants of enslaved people forced to work at the St. Louis University, its church, and St. Stanislaus Seminary. Find out more here.
These past few weeks in the twittersphere, The University of Maryland’s College of Arts and Sciences announced that the Department of Women's Studies is changing its name to the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Additionally, scholarship on Tubman’s life and works will be incorporated into the curricula, programming, and service to impact the entire campus. Learn more here.
These past few weeks in the twittersphere, O Say Can You See, a project that makes accessible the freedom suits brought by enslaved families in the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court online, will provide full case files for 151 freedom suits brought by the Butler family, some of the earliest freedom suits in American history. Learn more here.
These past two weeks in the twittersphere, the Selectboard of Windsor, Vermont, considered plans to rename a street to honor the life and story of Dinah Mason, an enslaved woman held in bondage by a former Vermont Supreme Court Justice. Learn more here.
These past few weeks in the twittersphere, the commemorations of the abolition of slavery in France took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
A monument is planned for St. Louis, Missouri, that will honor hundreds of enslaved men and women who fought for freedom. Learn more here.
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