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Michigan State creating online hub of slave trade data

Michigan State creating online hub of slave trade data
Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 14:31:39-05

Michigan State University is creating an online hub of data and documents related to the slave trade.

MSU says it's using a roughly $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a website that links collections from numerous universities.

It's designed to allow people to search millions of pieces of data to identify enslaved people and their descendants.

The project, called "Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade," will take 18 months. Organizers say it underscores the school's commitment to Africa-centered research.

Project leaders include Dean Rehberger, director of Matrix: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State.

He says participants can use the collection "to weave together lives of enslaved individuals once thought lost to history."