Emory University to Develop an Internet Database of More Than 27,000 Slave Ship Voyages

Emory University in Atlanta has received a $324,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a website which will document more than 80 percent of the slave trade voyages that occurred across the Atlantic Ocean. The database documents more than 27,000 voyages made by slave ships during the colonial period.

The new Internet site will include ship logs, manifests, and maps showing the routes the ships took. The material will be presented in two formats: one for historical scholars and a second for use in K-12 educational classes.

The project is under the direction of David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University.