Mr. Valenzuela

Humanities 7 – Unit 4.1 Slave Memorial Project


Unit 4.1 Slave Memorial Project

In this unit, we have been focused on how Africans shaped and were shaped by the Atlantic Slave Trade (from 1500 to the 1880s). Within this 400-year period, Europeans built more than sixty (60) forts and castles along the Ghanaian coastline to defend their trade; primary among this trade was the purchase and sale of enslaved Africans. But how do we choose to remember this history? In many ways these monuments still exist as a reminder of the past and what happened there. In the United States, a country that has a long and fraught history with slavery, there are surprisingly few memorials or monuments to the legacy of this troubling history. In this project, in groups you will design and create memorials to the history of enslavement.


microsoft_word_logo Slave Memorial Project Instructions

microsoft_word_logo Slave Memorial Prep Handout

Research Links

link Forts and Castles of Ghana

link Summary of Mr. V's Trip to Ghana in 2011

link Journal Entries from Mr. V's Trip to Ghana in 2011

link America Needs A National Slavery Monument (Source: New York Times)

link The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Source: Equal Justice Initiative)

link United Nations Slavery Memorial (Source: United Nations)

link African Burial Ground (Source: National Parks Service)

link Proposal for a Memorial at Faneuil Hall (Source: Steve Locke)

link Slave Auction Memorial Outside Faneuil Hall Is One Step Closer To Becoming Reality (Source: WBUR)

link Artist Withdraws Proposed Faneuil Hall Slave Memorial After Boston NAACP Says It Will Oppose It (Source: WBUR)

Project and Mid Year Exam Schedule

Wednesday 1/15 - Introduce the Unit 4.1 Project and Research Day

Thursday 1/16 - Study for Mid Year Exam

Friday 1/17 - Study for Mid Year Exam

Tuesday 1/21 - Mid Year Exam (Section 6) and Project Work Day (ALL sections)

Wednesday 1/22 - Mid Year Exam (Section 7) and Project Work Day (Section 8)

Thursday 1/23 - Project Work Day (Section 5 and 7)

Friday 1/24 - Mid Year Exam (Section 5 and 8) and Project Work Day (Section 6)

Monday 1/27 - Project Work Day in Room 228

Tuesday 1/28 - Project Work Day in Upper Library

Wednesday 1/29 - Project Work Day in Upper Library

Thursday 1/30 - Project Work Day in Upper Library

Friday 1/31 - Presentation of final memorial projects in Upper Library!

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