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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum

Re: "Ownership" of and access to slave data /recor

: Hi folks - need your thoughts and comments on this.

: Last year Lloyd Smith sent me a copy an interesting list - of freed
: slave data - from the day of their emancipation from a
: plantation.

: His ancestor(s) and possibly some of mine are on this list.

: This manuscript is part of a University libray collection - with
: copywright warnings stamped on each page - permission to
: cite/reproduce etc. is required from the library.

: I paid a visit to the libraries pages recently - and saw the fees
: they charge per document. I then contacted the head archivist
: directly by phone with a follow-up request via email for
: permission to post the list - transcribed - to the internet -
: for FREE access.

: I am waiting for a response.

: Before taking any further action, I will wait for a response as I
: realize it may take them a few days to even figure out where
: this document is in their stockpile of plantation records and
: letters.

: But it got me to thinking - and I guess I have a sense of outrage
: and violation - not only were our ancestors enslaved - but many
: of their records are locked up too - behind academic and
: copyright walls.

: Many libraries and museums freely display photos and documents from
: the slave period - particularly around black history month - but
: what efforts are they making to find the real owners of these
: records - the descendants?

: I guess I'm just tired of pictures of "unidentified
: slaves" etc. being used to promote shows and exhibits (pay
: to enter- pay to join the museum or society etc) - with no
: funding going into researching what happened to them - or who
: they were.

: How dare we be denied the right to share this important data with
: seekers of our history?

: This reminds me of the battle fought by the American Indian
: Movement to have bones and other grave items returned to the
: places they were robbed from by archeologists at the Smithsonian
: in DC (where they were languishing in dusty boxes).

: If I am refused the right to publish - distribute - this
: information FREELY - I plan to take further action. But it got
: me to thinking - how many of you have had the same reaction or
: run up against the same restrictions? What can we do
: collectively to fight for "freedom of information" for
: us all?

: Jes my 25 cents.

: Denise

Hello again Denise,

I just want to inform our members just how much this site has influenced me to continue my research, most sites I have visted weren't much help. They either wanted me to pay for membership, then buy CD's or DvD's...ect. before I could contiue my research, on my families. I think our Nation wants to hide the fact, that they kidnaped and enslaved our people. By locking up our family records, destoring the evidence by fire. That's why they made it against the law for us to read.
Thanks to this site, I can trace my familiy back eight generations, because this site share informations FREELY...
I believe a copy of free slave data list of Emancipation from Plantions, belong to the descendent of slaves, we inherited that right.
Now along with this picture I have of my g-grandmother, I also have the date of birth and birthplace and where she died.
I just want you to know I support you 100%.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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