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Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon

May 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Committed to Memory The Art of the Slave Ship Icon

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IN CONVERSATION | Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon

Join us for a conversation about how an eighteenth-century engraving of a slave ship became a cultural icon of black resistance, identity, and remembrance with Cheryl Finley, author of Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon, and artist Andrew Wilson, who employs the icon in his work which was previously on view at MoAD. The conversation will be moderated by UC Berkeley Professor Leigh Raiford.

One of the most iconic images of slavery is a schematic wood engraving depicting the human cargo hold of a slave ship. First published by British abolitionists in 1788, it exposed this widespread commercial practice for what it really was–shocking, immoral, barbaric, unimaginable. Printed as handbills and broadsides, the image Cheryl Finley has termed the “slave ship icon” was easily reproduced, and by the end of the eighteenth century it was circulating by the tens of thousands around the Atlantic rim. Committed to Memory provides the first in-depth look at how this artifact of the fight against slavery became an enduring symbol of black resistance, identity, and remembrance.


May 30, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$0 - $10
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Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 United States