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Slavery Legacies and Histories with James DeWolf Perry

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James DeWolf Perry, executive director of The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery and a descendant of RI slave traders, joins Jane to talk about the work of The Tracing Center, whose mission is to create greater awareness of the entire nation’s complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgment, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies. James will discuss the PBS documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, in which Tracing Center founder, Katrina Browne, discovers that her RI ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in US history. She and nine cousins, including James, retrace the Triangle Trade, explore the ways in which slavery impacts our nation even today, and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

James DeWolf Perry has facilitated discussions about the legacy of slavery and race with corporate, educational, religious and community groups.

Find The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery at  http://www.tracingcenter.org/


Dain, Jim and James Perry at James DeWolf’s family cemetery in Bristol. By Allie Humenuk