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The Slave Wrecks Project in National Park Units of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Author(s): David Morgan ; Jessica Keller ; Jeneva Wright ; Meredith Hardy ; Dave Conlin ; Stephen Lubkemann ; Paul Gardullo ; Chris DeCorse

Year: 2016

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Summary

Since 2010 the National Park Service (NPS) has worked with the Smithsonian Institution and George Washington University to foster greater understanding of how the African slave trade shaped global history. This endeavor—the Slave Wrecks Project (SWP)—represents a long-term, multi-national effort to locate, document, protect, and analyze maritime sites pertaining to the slave trade, following the entire process including capture, transportation, sale, enslavement, resistance, and freedom.

The effort began in Africa, and in 2015 the SWP continued its goals in the Caribbean, working at NPS properties on St. Croix, USVI. There, systematic remote sensing surveys surrounding Buck Island Reef National Monument have yielded multiple shipwrecks, two of which may be the remains of vessels engaged in the slave trade. The effort to locate and document these wrecks serves as the mechanism to build local capacity for research, education, and interpretation of this global story.


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The Slave Wrecks Project in National Park Units of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. David Morgan, Jessica Keller, Jeneva Wright, Meredith Hardy, Dave Conlin, Stephen Lubkemann, Paul Gardullo, Chris DeCorse. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435001)


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Temporal Keywords
Colonial


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 688

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America