Slave Biographies



National Endowment for the Humanities, Grant Donor

Slave Biographies received initial funding in 2011 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and their new Bridging Cultures Initiative. Since 1965, the NEH has worked to serve and strengthen our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. Their Bridging Cultures Initiative expands on that mission by promoting projects that work to build international communities of collaboration and scholarship.

Institutional Partners

Michigan State University

MSU - Department of History


Special Thanks

We would like to acknowledge the following individuals who generously submitted datasets for the development team to review during initial database development:

Doug Chambers – Associate Professor of History (University of Southern Mississippi)
Ivor Conolley – PhD candidate in History and Archaeology (University of the West Indies Mona)
Edda Fields-Black – Assiatant Professor of History (Carnegie Mellon University
Virginia Gould – Department of History (Tulane University)
Paul LaChance – Invited Professor in the Department of History (University of Ottawa)
Kristin Mann – Professor and Chair of ECAS at Emory University
Marjory Allen Perez – Certified Genealogist and Historical Researcher
David Paterson – AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum manager / Publisher of the American Activist

Other individuals kindly supported Slave Biographies by commenting on the proposed data structure and fields or offering insights into the technical challenges and the rewarding possibilities of building a freely accessible web database on the identities of enslaved people in the Atlantic World.

Suzanne Ashton – Associate Professor of English at Clemson University
Marco Aurélio – Ph.D. Student at University of São Paulo (USP)
Manuel Barcia Paz – Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at University of Leeds
Miguel Barnet - President of the Fernado Ortize Foundation
Boubacar Barry – University of Cheikh Anta Diop
Laird Bergad – Distinguished Professor (Lehman College)
O. Vernon Burton – Professor of History at Clemson University and Director of the Clemson Cyberinstitute
Judith Carney – Professor in the Department of Geography (UCLA)
Lisa Earl Castillo – Postdoctoral researcher (Federal University of Bahia, in Brazil)
Matt Childs – Associate Professor of History (University of South Carolina)
John Cummings – Owner, Whitney Plantation Museum, Louisiana
Barbara Danzie Leon- Researcher, Specialist in African Sources in the Cuban National Archives
David Eltis – Professor (Emory University)
Manolo Florentino – Associate Professor in the Department of History (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Orlando Garcia Martinez – Independent Researcher and Co-author of Espacios, silencios y los sentidos de la libtertad: Cuba entre 1878 y 1912
Max Grivno – Assistant Professor (University of Southern Mississippi)
Kathe Hambrick – Jackson- National Chairwoman of all Afro-Am Museums in the USA
Jonn Hankins – Executive Director New Orleans African American Museum
Michael N. Henderson – LCDR USN Ret, Vice-President Button Gwinnett Chapter Georgia Society, SAR
Isabel Hernandes – Director of the San Severino Museum in Matanzas, Cuba
Linda Heywood – Director of African American Studies and Professor of History (Boston University)
Raquel Kennon – Ph. D Student in Department of Comparative Literature (Harvard University)
Valencia King Nelson – Founder and Webmaster of Afrigeneas
Martin Klein – Professor (University of Toronto)
Mark Kornbluh – Dean of College of Arts and Sciences (University of Kentucky)
Jane Landers – Professor and Acting Director, CLAS (Center for Latin American Studies), Vanderbuilt University
Paul Lovejoy – Distinguished Professor (York University)
Steven Mintz – Director of Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center (Columbia University)
Joseph Miller – Jr Professor of History (University of Virginia)
Valencia King Nelson – Founder of AfriGeneas
Andres Pletch – Ph.D. candidate in History (University of Michigan)
Marcus Rediker – Distinguished Professor (University of Pittsburg)
Cristina Romanelli – Journalist in Brazil for National Library of History
Christine Root – Grant Developer (Michigan State University)
Michael Sartisky – President Executive Director Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Ibrahima Seck – Professor and Researcher of the West African Research Center
Dominique Taffin - Director of the Departmental Archives in Martinique
John Thornton – Professor of History (Boston University)
Maria-Elisa Velazquez – l'Université Iberoaméricaine and Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia
Kathleen Weessies – Geosciences Librarian (Michigan State University)
John Weiss – Independent scholar, London
Patty Whitney – Researcher, Bayou History Center
Michael Zeuske – Professor (University of Cologne, Germany)