This monument records the names of 107,000 people held in bondage in Louisiana from 1719-1820. The records were gathered from the database Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, created by noted historian Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. We have named this monument in her honor for her enormous contribution to the history of slavery in the Americas. Whitney
Gwendolyn Midlo Hall graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1949 and completed her graduate work at Mexico City College and the University of Michigan. She married Harry Haywood, a prominent political activist and scholar, in 1956. Hall taught history for many years, retiring from Rutgers University in 1996. Her academic career includes such seminal works as Africans in Colonial Louisiana and Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas.
Hall has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including a Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and the John Hope Franklin Prize.
Her database Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1719-1820, which she began creating in 1984, is one of the very first original digital humanities projects.
- The Story of Slavery -