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February 6: Edward Baptist, “Digitizing Down To the Roots of Racist Policing:

Posted by on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Events, Workshops, Drop-in hours, News.

19th-Century Advertisements For ‘Runaway Slaves’/ Self-Liberating People”

Wednesday, February 6, 4:10 pm, Fisk University Special Collections

Edward Baptist, “Digitizing Down To the Roots of Racist Policing: 19th-Century Advertisements For ‘Runaway Slaves’/ Self-Liberating People”


While giving a sneak peek at the project Freedom On the Move, which will have its first public launch on 2/14, Professor Edward E. Baptist of Cornell University will discuss some of the early findings from the process of building this digitized, crowdsourced database and teaching tool. is a collaborative effort to collect, transcribe, and analyze all of the existing advertisements placed by North American enslavers who were attempting to coerce and capture self-liberating African and African-American people.


About the Venue:

Fisk University Special Collections, 2nd Floor of John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208.

This event, the first Mellon Digital Humanities Colloquium event of 2019, will take place at the John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library on the campus of Fisk University, part of the Mellon Partners in Humanities Education consortium. Parking for the event is located in the Library’s parking lot directly behind the library off Jackson St.

About the Speaker:

Ed Baptist teaches history at Cornell University.

He’s the author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, (Basic Books, 2014) and is the faculty leader of Freedom on the Move, [ ] a collaborative effort in digital history that is building a crowdsourced database of all North American fugitive slave ads.

Related Event: 

“How We Have Built This Digital History Project And WhatAll That Might Imply”

Professor Baptist will hold an informal lunch discussion on the Vanderbilt University campus from 12:00-1:30pm on Wednesday, February 6.  He will be speaking about the process and ramifications of creating Freedom on the Move.  All are welcome, but pre-registration is necessary as seats are limited.  Parking will be available. Please register for the discussion here: