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Resources

Dive deeper into selected topics in African American history and culture with these links to digital resources from NMAAHC and other sites

Featured Resources

Collections Search

Slavery

Search the Museum’s online collection for artifacts related to the history of slavery

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Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Explore and help transcribe records about the lives of newly freed people during Reconstruction

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Collections Search

Slavery

Search the Museum’s online collection for artifacts related to the history of slavery

Image of NMAAHC collections search document

Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Explore and help transcribe records about the lives of newly freed people during Reconstruction

Image of document from Freedmens Bureau

Videos

Freedom Calling

Interactive Tour with Founding Director Lonnie Bunch

NMAAHC Founding Director Lonnie Bunch highlights stories behind iconic objects in the Slavery and Freedom exhibition

Cover image for Freedom Calling video

Visitor Voices

Museum visitors share their stories and reflections on the Slavery and Freedom exhibition

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Emancipation Proclamation Legacy

Historians and other experts discuss the impact of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation

Image of Emancipation Proclamation wall panel

Freedom Calling

Interactive Tour with Founding Director Lonnie Bunch

NMAAHC Founding Director Lonnie Bunch highlights stories behind iconic objects in the Slavery and Freedom exhibition

Cover image for Freedom Calling video

Visitor Voices

Museum visitors share their stories and reflections on the Slavery and Freedom exhibition

Cover Image for Visitor Voices video

Emancipation Proclamation Legacy

Historians and other experts discuss the impact of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation

Image of Emancipation Proclamation wall panel

Centers, Initiatives, & Programs

Center for the Study of Global Slavery

Advancing the understanding of slavery and its enduring legacies, through research, scholarship, and outreach programs

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The Robert F. Smith Fund

Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History

Using innovative technology to preserve, share, and expand access to African American history and culture

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Juneteenth

Celebration of Resilience

Discover ways to celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom

Cover image for the Juneteenth event

Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Explore and help transcribe records about the lives of newly freed people during Reconstruction

Image of document from Freedmens Bureau

Center for the Study of Global Slavery

Advancing the understanding of slavery and its enduring legacies, through research, scholarship, and outreach programs

Image from Center For Study of Global Slavery

The Robert F. Smith Fund

Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History

Using innovative technology to preserve, share, and expand access to African American history and culture

Image of Smith Center

Juneteenth

Celebration of Resilience

Discover ways to celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom

Cover image for the Juneteenth event

Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Explore and help transcribe records about the lives of newly freed people during Reconstruction

Image of document from Freedmens Bureau

Collection Stories

We Are Family

A photograph reveals a story of kinship bonds that survived bondage

Image of Black family

African Muslims in Early America

Enslaved Muslims used their faith and bilingual literacy to build community, resist slavery, and pursue freedom

Image of document written in Arabic

A Tree with Many Branches

Clara Ellis Payne’s family heirlooms trace back to ancestors who were enslaved by President James Madison

Photograph of ornate bowl

We Are Family

A photograph reveals a story of kinship bonds that survived bondage

Image of Black family

African Muslims in Early America

Enslaved Muslims used their faith and bilingual literacy to build community, resist slavery, and pursue freedom

Image of document written in Arabic

A Tree with Many Branches

Clara Ellis Payne’s family heirlooms trace back to ancestors who were enslaved by President James Madison

Photograph of ornate bowl

Blog Posts

The Journey to Emancipation

The Germantown Protest, 1688

Photograph of Sojourner Truth

Vermont 1777

Early Steps Against Slavery

Image of historic map of Vermont

Frederick Douglass

"What to the American Slave Is Your Fourth of July?"

Photograph of Frederick Douglass

The Human Factor of History

Dred Scott and Roger B. Taney

Composite photograph of Dred Scott and Roger Taney

13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Illustration of 13th amendment

Slavery, Hollywood, and Public Discourse

Photograph of Black woman

The "Clotilda" Has Been Found

Slave Wrecks Project

Image of man on exploration boat

The Historical Legacy of Watch Night

Illustration of crowd at Watch Night gathering

The Journey to Emancipation

The Germantown Protest, 1688

Photograph of Sojourner Truth

Vermont 1777

Early Steps Against Slavery

Image of historic map of Vermont

Frederick Douglass

"What to the American Slave Is Your Fourth of July?"

Photograph of Frederick Douglass

The Human Factor of History

Dred Scott and Roger B. Taney

Composite photograph of Dred Scott and Roger Taney

13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Illustration of 13th amendment

Slavery, Hollywood, and Public Discourse

Photograph of Black woman

The "Clotilda" Has Been Found

Slave Wrecks Project

Image of man on exploration boat

The Historical Legacy of Watch Night

Illustration of crowd at Watch Night gathering