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To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade

at Charles B. Wang Center | Thu Sep 16 - Fri Dec 10


Charles B. Wang Center

100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794

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Date & Time

Oct 24, 2021 through Dec 10, 2021 (daily)
Cost: See event description

"To Be Sold examines the American slave trade before the Civil War through the works of British artist Eyre Crowe (1824–1910), who sketched scenes of this inhumane activity that he would later develop into a series of illustrations and paintings, including his Slaves Waiting for Sale (1853).

The exhibition is organized in three sections: The Slave Trade and the Rise of Abolitionism, Eyre Crowe and His Paintings, and The Memory of the Slave Trade. It explores the slave trade; the evolving iconography of abolitionist art; and the role of visual culture and the language of abolitionism? in the transatlantic world.

The interactive tablets allow audiences to view Crowe’s paintings in detail and offer audio of oral histories from formerly enslaved people recorded by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.

To Be Sold is curated by Maurie D. McInnis, president of Stony Brook University, based on her book Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (Chicago, 2012).

The Exhibition was first organized by the Library of Virginia with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities."

Charles B. Wang Center