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Baltimore's Slave Trade

In a recent #BaltimoreSun article about the city's slave trading past, Philip J. Merrill, CEO & Founder of Nanny Jack & Co, LLC was quoted.

"Philip J. Merrill, a Baltimore historian and CEO and founder of Nanny Jack & Co., an African American heritage consulting firm, said the city's slave trading past is 'a touchy subject ' but one that could inform the future. With few visible, official guideposts to the slave trade, he said, some of this history has been taught informally, with stories passed down through the generations.

If 'we could look at our enslavement from a different lens... we could be filled with perseverance and a sense of pride. Slavery, which is in our ancestors' DNA, is something that should give us strength, determination and the ability to know we can survive anything."

You can read the rest of the article at the link below:

Below is an excerpt of an 1853 letter concerning George Wright, a free man of color, who was being held in a slave jail on Pratt Street in Baltimore, owned by Marcy Fountain and B.M. and W.L. Campbell.

Courtesy of Nanny Jack & Co Archives

As the nation continues to grapple with the history of enslavement, utilize articles like this, books, films, oral histories, artifacts, and other mediums to explore the full history of slavery.

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