Website additions for week ending 19th January 2020.



There are six additions to the articles this week. The first is the story of over 2000 Black prisoners of war captured by the British from the French Republicans in the Caribbean. They arrived in 1796 at Portchester Castle and were imprisoned there. A related podcast is included.

There are a couple of articles which tell about the land on which New York’s Central Park was developed. Seneca village was established in 1825 through the purchase of land by hundreds of freed African American slaves as a village of sanctuary in New York. 30 years later the affluent Black community were forced out to allow the wealthy white people to build a park. Two accounts by John Smith and Brent Staples are added as well as a short film by Khan Academy.

The fourth article looks at the historic monuments within old African empires and how they presented to their oppressors before they were deliberately destroyed as a means of suppressing their development and imposing colonial rule.

Two articles by Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza and Palash Ghosh take up the same subject; that of the lesser known history of how Africans were removed from the Argentinean population between 16th and 19th Century.


There are three film additions, the first is by Kehinde Andrews, taking a radical vision of what a new Africa could be.

The two others are embedded within the articles for Seneca in New York’s Central Park and within the article for the ancient lost African civilisations.


Three News page additions: The Undefeated which focuses on race, sports and culture; Africa Times which looks to sub-Saharan Africa and Africa Exponent which offers a pan-African news platform.


In this week’s directory we have added three links. The first is to the Library of Congress archival database which has more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.

The second is a database by the Freedmen’s Bureau Project which is a database that enables a search of African Americans in the Civil War era. The Freedmen’s Bureau systematically recorded the names of individuals who were helped to make the transition from slavery to citizenship, providing food, housing, education, and medical care.

The third link is that of British Online Archives which is an academic publisher that provides access to a collection of primary sourced documents in humanities and social sciences including colonial history and the slave trade.


There is one non-fiction entry in books which is by Robin Walker about ancient Black civilisations with an associated film.

This week’s additions


  • 3 entries (British Online Archives, Freedmen’s Bureau Project, Library of Congress)


  • 1 Non-fiction (Walker)


  • 1 podcast (Portchester Castle)
  • 3 films (Africa re-imagined, Seneca, Ancient African Civilisations)
  • 6 articles (Portchester Castle, 2 on Seneca village, ancient African empires, 2 on the removal of Africans from the Argentinian population)
  • 3 news pages (The Undefeated, Africa Times, Africa Exponent).

Image – Cooking pots in Ghanaian village (Credit: Holly Walton)