This is the frontispiece as it appeared in the first edition of The Interesting Narrative of The Life of Oulaudah Equiano in 1789. Daniel Orme produced the art presented in the book. He was an abolitionist and author active in The Sons of Africa. Equiano’s autobiography discusses his life under enslavement. Readers were exposed to […]Read more "Frontispiece of The Autobiography of Olaudah Equiano (1789)"
The drawing above was produced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1787. The image would be used on abolitionist medallions, which were distributed to the public to raise awareness about the abuses of slavery. Josiah Wedgwood was an English potter, businessman, and inventor. A friend of Thomas Clarkson a prominent figure in the British abolitionist movement may […]Read more "Am I Not A Man And A Brother ? Medallion Design (1787)"
This sculpture was from the 2nd century B.C.E, which depicts the face of a Nubian man. Nubia refers to the region along the Nile river between Aswan and central Sudan. The Nile valley composed many African civilizations. Meroe, Napata, Kerma, and Kush were major kingdoms. The art found provides a record of various peoples living […]Read more "Head of Man with Tight Curly Hair Sculpture ( 120-100 B.C.E)"
African art provides a record of the continent’s history. The King Obalufon II copper mask was produced in 1300. The mask was discovered in Ife. Ife and Oyo were prominent Yoruba kingdoms in the 14th century. These kingdoms were located in what is now modern Nigeria. There were more metal mask artifacts discovered in Nigeria […]Read more "King Obalufon II Copper Mask (1300)"
Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was called the architect of apartheid. The racial segregation system was in existence before he became prime minister in 1958. The reason he was given such a title was that he made the system of oppression more ridged. This rare video clip shows him defending racism and apartheid. Here he masks […]Read more "Hendrik Verwoerd Defends Apartheid and Racism"
Ellen Sirleaf had previously fled Liberia fearing political persecution from the Samuel K. Doe government. The 1980 coup brought a military government to power, which became more repressive. Sirleaf served as Minister of Finance under the Tolbert administration, but became a critic of the regime. Taking refuge in the US, she would later return to […]Read more "Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Addresses Supporters (1986)"
The Cedid Atlas was one the first mass published Arabic language atlases. Produced in Istanbul in 1803 it provided officials of the Ottoman Empire and its subjects a knowledge of the world. The Cedid Atlas Tercumesi included all the world continents. This map of Africa shows the boundaries before the scramble for Africa in the […]Read more "The Cedid Atlas Map of Africa (1803)"
The Rhodesian Bush War was coming to an end and Zimbabwe was on the verge of getting its independence. The war was won and the time for a final settlement was at hand. The UK could no longer support the Ian Smith regime that was attempting to impose white minority rule in Zimbabwe and the […]Read more "Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo Explain Why They Walked Out on The Constitutional Talks (1979)"
The African Diaspora reached large portions of the world. People of African descent can be found all over the world even in the most remote areas. The photograph above was taken by George Kennan who was traveling through the Russian Empire during the late 19th century. The purpose of the expedition was to survey land […]Read more "Afro-Abkhazian Man (1870)"
Seh- Dong-Hong -Beh was a commander of the Mino warriors . The Mino warriors were an all female combat unit who fought for the Kingdom of Dahomey. Dahomey’s military might was able to fend off European invasion through out the 19th century. However, by 1894 they were no longer able to resist the French onslaught. […]Read more "Seh -Dong- Hong- Beh Image (1851)"