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Antislavery Poetry from San Francisco

Running man image from workshop poster

The Pacific Appeal was the leading African American newspaper on the West Coast during the early 1860s.  A newly-published set of eight antislavery poems from the journal's inaugural 1862 volume captures the sense of expectancy within the African American community for the imminent end of US slavery.  These poems include the work of James Madison Bell, a San Francisco plasterer, brickmason, and poet.  Read more... 
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Helia's Narrative

Helia LaJeunesse was enslaved as a “restavec”—child domestic—in Haiti. She told her story to Peggy Callahan, for Free the Slaves, on June 15, 2007, in Haiti.