5 Things We’ve Added to the Resource Database

The Resource Database aspires to be a one-stop portal for all things related to the legacies of slavery at CIC member institutions. The Resource Database already includes a wide range of links—and it keeps expanding, with new links to faculty research, archival sources, teaching materials, examples of public engagement, and more. Here are 5 resources that we recently added to the database:

Holly A. Pinheiro Jr., The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and the Fight for Racial Justice (University of Georgia Press, 2022).

Pinheiro, an assistant professor of history at Furman University (Greenville, SC), tells the stories of freeborn African Americans in Philadelphia who struggled to maintain families while fighting against racial discrimination. Taking a long view—from 1850 to the 1920s—Pinheiro shows how Civil War military service worsened already difficult circumstances due to its negative effects on family finances, living situations, minds, and bodies.

Guilford College invited the local Greensboro, North Carolina, community to the 2022 unveiling and dedication of a historic marker commemorating the life of Lavina “Vina” Curry, a free Black abolitionist who worked at the school and was an operative on the Underground Railroad.

The Locating Slavery’s Legacies database (LSLdb)—developed by Sewanee: The University of the South (Sewanee, TN) in collaboration with researchers at several other colleges—is designed to “collect information about monuments and memorials identified with the Civil War and Confederacy on the campuses of American colleges.” Still in beta phase, but look forward to the public launch in September 2023!

A team of Roanoke College (Roanoke, VA) faculty and student researchers, led by College Historian Jesse Bucher, is exploring the history of slavery at Roanoke College and the contribution that enslaved people made to its founding and early development. The work is being done under the auspices of Roanoke’s Center for Studying Structures of Race (CSSR); so far, the team has produced a documentary and award-winning walking tour of the campus.

After teaching at The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH) for 40 years, professor emerita Josephine Wright continues to research the lives and music of enslaved African Americans during the Civil War. Her research is a continuation of her groundbreaking 2020 essay, “U.S. Slave Music through the Lens of the Civil War Press Corps.”

You can contribute!

Scanned the database and know there’s something we haven’t added? Let us know at legaciesproject@cic.edu and we’ll add it to the database!