In conjunction with the recent publication of the Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, the John Carter Brown Library has added an electronic version of their recent exhibition on slavery to their website, www.jcbl.org. The public can now see images of selected original documents, such as manuscript journals, cargo invoices, newspaper advertisements, and engravings depicting aspects of the slave trade—on computer screens.
The exhibition, entitled Slavery & Justice: Selected Sources from the John Carter Brown Library, is the first online exhibition prepared by the Library.
One document, apparently issued in 1778, is a proclamation establishing Rhode Island’s so-called “Black Regiment” to fight on the side of the colonists during the Revolutionary War. The document reports:
[It is] Voted and Resolved, that every Slave, so inlisting, upon his passing
Muster before Col. Christopher Greene, be immediately discharged from
the Service of his Master or Mistress; and be absolutely FREE, as though
he had never been incumbered with any Kind of Servitude of Slavery.
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