Transatlantic Slave Trade

Dublin Core

Title

Transatlantic Slave Trade

Subject

Slavery

Description

The items in this collection highlight the collection within the Underground Railroad Museum dealing with the slave trade.

Source

Underground Railroad Museum

Publisher

Director Kristina Estle

Collection Items

Slave Vessel 1
This a model of a slave vessel that would have been used during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The triangular trade route involving America, European countries, and Africa took 3-6 months, and 10-12 million slaves were captured and transported.

African Slaver
This small sculpture depicts the captain of a slave vessel. These men were paid a percentage for each slave they had aboard. Despite lawmakers placing a 300 slave per voyage limit, some slave vessels crammed 600+ slaves.

African Slaver 2
This small sculpture depicts the captain of a slave vessel. These men were paid a percentage for each slave they had aboard. Despite lawmakers placing a 300 slave limit per voyage, some slave vessels crammed 600+ slaves.

Slave Ship
This is a model of a slave ship that would have been used during the Transatlantic slave trade. Before its arrival to America, the slaves would be 'seasoned,' where they would be gorged with the remaining food rations, and their skin would be oiled…

Slave Ship
Model slave vessel. Most enslaved people came from the western African coast or nicknamed the Slave Coast, which consisted of Tongo, Nigeria, and Benin.

Transport Collar
This transport collar is inscribed, "Montague & Dawson- Dealers of Fine- Horses & African Negroes- Montgomery, Alabama 1854". Slaves were treated and accounted for like livestock.

Eating Utensils
Eating utensils such as the hollowed gourd and oysters that were eaten are a could of examples of the conditions among the slave vessels. Provisions were scarce, and the enslaved people ate very little during their long journey.

Inside the Slave Ship
This mural depicts a scene of the inside of a slave ship. Painted upon a brick wall on the Underground Railroad Museum's basement level, it allows visitors to experience what life would have looked like in the belly of the ship among the enslaved…
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