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Enslaved: People of the Historical Slave Trade

Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.

Since 2018, Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade ( has been serving the needs of scholars, genealogists, students, and members of the public interested in the people of the historical slave trade. is a discovery hub that helps users to search and find information from a large and growing number of datasets and digital projects.  Researchers can learn from linking data, visualizing larger relations and movements, and connecting the traces of people from one dataset to the next. also provides richly detailed stories of the lives of those enslaved.  It is our hope that the stories will provide a context for the importance of recovering the lives of those enslaved. Through the discovery hub we hope to find more links to and between these stories, and over time that our users and contributors can tell new stories. 

We are also in the nascent phase of developing educational materials for (see For Educators).  If you use materials in the classroom, please let us know about your work. endeavors to present information about enslavement in socially just and ethical ways, with respect for enslaved persons at the center of all the work (see Statement of Ethics for more). 

To find out more about how to contribute to the project and to learn more about how we review and vet information, see the Journal for Slavery and Data Preservation.

In addition, provides behind the scenes information that could be of interest to users, archivists, librarians, digital humanists, and project developers.  

Finally, if you have a question, the best place to start may be the Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find an answer there, contact us at

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