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“Cash Crop” — an evocative work of cement, fabric, steel and wood that compels viewers to imagine themselves squeezed into the hull of slave ship. It features 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles representing the 15 million human beings kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade —people were not considered people; they were considered a good or commodity — ['Cash Crop' on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia 2014]

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America's First Slavery Museum Shifts the Focus from Masters to Slaves

America's first slavery museum shifts is focus from the masters to the slaves. The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana.

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"Cash Crop" features 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles representing the 15 million human beings kidnapped and transported by sea during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This haunting sculptural exploration will be augmented by historical documents on loan from the Delaware County Bar Association and objects from the Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery. ['Cash Crop' on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia 2014]

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They hate all of us negroes...don't be deceived by their pearly whites and hand shakes.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - STATUE OF CLARA BROWN After Brown was freed from slavery, she moved to Colorado, where she became an important community leader, helping other former slaves to settle there. The slave cabin to the right, from about 1853, had been on Edisto Island in South Carolina.

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When Sculptor Stephen Hayes came across a three-century old diagram that had become an iconic image of the inhumanity of the slave trade, he was surprised. The Brookes slave ship plan first published in 1788 and portrayed slaves arranged on the ship’s lower deck and poop deck. The image, in accordance with the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788, depicted the conditions that reportedly allowed to slavers to stow 454 African slaves, by allowing a space of 6 feet, or less, per person. [2014]

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