Hosted by Freeport Historical Society
Thu, Dec 2, 2021, 6:30 PM EST
Meadow Dibble, PhD, will share how communities across New England are actively recovering the suppressed history of region’s deep investment in the Atlantic world economy of enslavement
New England has long repressed the memory of its complicity in Atlantic world slavery, just as our dominant narrative has occluded the stories of the region’s free and enslaved Black and Indigenous populations. Despite these gaping holes in the historical record, by collaborating to perform concerted research at the local level we can work to recover our collective memory.
Atlantic Black Box is a grassroots historical recovery project that empowers communities throughout New England to research, reveal, and begin reckoning with the region’s complicity in the slave trade and the global economy of enslavement while recentering the stories of its racially marginalized groups. As a collaborative research platform and a learning community, ABB serves as a hub and a clearinghouse to all those who wish to support this work.
Meadow Dibble is founding Director of Atlantic Black Box and is currently in her third year as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She additionally serves as Director of Community-Engaged Historical Research at the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations. Meadow received her Doctorate from Brown’s Department of French with a focus on Postcolonial studies and taught Francophone African literature at Colby College from 2005–08. Originally from Cape Cod, she lived for six years on Senegal’s Cape Verde peninsula, where she published a cultural magazine and coordinated foreign study programs. In 2016, Meadow experienced a brutal awakening to the reality of her hometown’s deep investment in the global slave economy. Ever since, she has been researching complicity among Cape Cod’s sea captains while developing The Atlantic Black Box Project.