Vanderbilt Group Preserves Deteriorating Slave Records

There are thousands of pages of names, places and people that are disappearing by the second.

“Right as we’re talking, we’re losing things,” said Vanderbilt history professor Jane Landers who has been working to stop it for a decade. “As if it’s a broken piece of pottery and you have to put things back together.”

Landers and her team have been to country after country photographing every page they’re allowed to.

Many come from churches, and are possibly the only way to track slaves brought to Central and South America from Africa.

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