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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY BUILDS GLOBAL SLAVE TRADE PAPER TRAIL

March 11, 2018 College of Arts and Humanities

How Michigan State is compiling the global slave trade's paper trail.

<p> By Brian Dugger | <a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/Living/2018/03/11/Bound-by-history.html">The Toledo Blade</a></p><p> "EAST LANSING, Mich. — An 1853 newspaper ad placed in Jornal do Commercio by Brazilian entrepreneur Damaso Antonio de Moura was the final piece to a puzzle that had perplexed Maryland history professor <a href="http://faculty.history.umd.edu/DWilliams/">Daryle Williams</a> for months.</p><p> "The ad in the Brazilian publication sought help in tracking down a runaway slave named José Congo, who had a wooden leg. Using the biographical information in the ad, Mr. Williams identified him as a man who was enslaved in west Africa in 1833. The man was illegally trafficked to Brazil, where he eventually had his leg amputated and replaced with a wooden peg leg before escaping."</p><p> Read the complete article in <a href="http://www.toledoblade.com/Living/2018/03/11/Bound-by-history.html">The Toledo Blade</a>.</p><p> Image: A watercolor of a slave ship by an unknown artist. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities via the Toledo Blade </p>