Slavery, Part 1 – Lost Voices

A Lawyer's Prayers

Slave ship diagram: Africans transported like cargo, Author Jbolden030170 (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

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‘What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?  Come and let us sell him…and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh’…[S]o the brothers pulled Joseph…out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver.  And they took Joseph to Egypt” (Gen. 37: 26-28).

Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and anthropologist, Steve Lubkemann, a founder of the Slave Wrecks Project, have joined forces to excavate a long lost Portuguese slave ship, the first of its kind to be located and studied.

The Sao Jose sank in a storm, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa in 1794.  More than 200 slaves – men, women, and children…

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