The exhibit "Third Person, First Person: Slave Voices from the Special Collections Library" probes the life experiences of American slaves from the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, and examines the enterprise of recovering and preserving African American history of the period. The exhibit showcases the kinds of rare materials that under scrutiny reveal the ambitions, motivations, and struggles of people often presumed mute.

The goals of the exhibit are to highlight the Special Collections Library's materials on slavery; to emphasize the importance of collecting records of African Americans; to illuminate issues in the history of slavery in the South; to tell memorable and engaging stories about African Americans during the slavery period; and to promote courses that focus on slavery and African Americans.

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