freemaninstitute.com/gallery.htm -- This is the segment from Fox News Channel with Kelly Wright on his program, "Beyond The Dream" aired Feb 4th, 2012. The interview was shot in May 2011 at the United Nations.
BACKGROUND: Twenty original documents and artifacts from The Freeman Institute Black History Collection were showcased at the United Nations Transatlantic Slave Trade exhibition (March - May 2011).
After years of research, Dr. Joel A. Freeman has cobbled together a rather remarkable Black History collection of well over 3,000 genuine documents and artifacts. The oldest piece is dated 1553 -- freemaninstitute.com/bhc.htm
One of the items that was exhibited at the United Nations was a priceless 50 pound slave ball found off the coast of Florida at the site of the oldest documented slave ship wreck, the Henrietta Marie. The ship sank sometime between June and July of 1700.
Another item was an authentic metal neck piece, designed to be welded permanently around the neck of a young female slave. It has metal balls and rings incorporated into the piece so that her movements could be detected at all times.
Another piece on exhibition was the one-of-a-kind 1833 document hand written by Lord Aberdeen, who at that time was the British Foreign Consul in Trieste, Italy. It announced what would happen to any British subject who was still involved in the Slave Trade. Aberdeen later became the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Also included were two signed 1858 slave insurance policies from La Protectora, an insurance company in Cuba, providing proof that slave traders routinely covered the people they enslaved with life insurance policies. Consequently, they didn't care if they had to push slaves overboard or even if the slaves lived or died on the voyage. The traders were paid regardless.
Many other items were also on display, including: engravings of slave ships, a document about a Chinese slave in Cuba written in Chinese on one side and Spanish on the other, a 14-page hand written Peruvian register (1811) from San Bartolome' Hospital (built in the late 1600s) listing the African slaves, and an extremely rare plaque (Eastgate Pottery) commemorating William Wilberforce and his anti-slavery campaign.
The Freeman Institute Black History Collection is utilized by The Freeman Institute Foundation to help establish Black History Galleries across America and in selected communities internationally -- designed to educate and inspire young people of all ages -- freemaninstitute.com/gallery.htm
The United Nation is continuing to showcase documents from The Freeman Institute Black History Collection in their on-going exhibition traveling around the world.
For pictures of some of the items go to
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Freeman Institute: freemaninstitute.com
Return To Glory (book/film): returntoglory.org
Freeman Institute Foundation: freemaninstitute.com/foundation.htm
Black History Presentations with Dr. Freeman: freemaninstitute.com/RTGseminar.htm
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