Slavery

In this June 30, 2020, photo, a man walks in front of the Declaration House in Philadelphia. Countless words have been written about the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson, but few about Robert Hemings, the slave who was on hand as Jefferson famously declared that “All men are created equal.” According to the National Park Service, Hemings is not included in the exhibit texts of the Declaration House, a reconstruction of the home Jefferson stayed in as a guest of the Philadelphia bricklayer Jacob Graff. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
July 01, 2020 - 10:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In the early summer of 1776, Thomas Jefferson worked away in the second floor parlor of a boardinghouse in downtown Philadelphia. Wielding language he would call “plain and firm,” he set down the words that still inspire those seeking justice and liberation, “All men are created...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 10, 2020 file photo, a statue of Belgium's King Leopold II is smeared with red paint and graffiti in Brussels. With the protests sweeping the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, King Leopold II is now increasingly seen as a stain on the nation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
June 30, 2020 - 11:08 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A bust of former Belgian King Leopold II was taken off public display in the city of Ghent on Tuesday as Belgium marked the 60th anniversary of the end of its colonial rule in Congo. The removal of the monarch’s likeness took place only hours after Belgium’s King Philippe, in an...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin's "Forward" statue lies in the street on Capitol Square in Madison, Wis. Demonstrators who toppled statues this week honoring Hans Christian Heg, a Civil War abolitionist, and the state's "Forward" motto say they went after the sculptures because they wanted to shatter a false narrative that the state and the city support Black people and have achieved racial equity. (Emily Hamer/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)
June 25, 2020 - 5:25 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In this college town that considers itself a bastion of progressive politics and inclusion, race relations are really a tale of two cities. Demonstrators who toppled statues of figures with no racist history this week say they went after the sculptures because they wanted to...
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This image released by Lionsgate shows co-writer/directors Christopher Renz, left, and Gerard Bush on the set of "Antebellum." Filmmakers Bush and Renz planned to release their feature-length debut film, “Antebellum,” in the spring of 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic exploded internationally. Now, their psychological thriller about a Black woman who finds herself trapped in a pre-abolition past that isn’t at all the past will be released amid protests over systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. The film, due out Aug. 21 from Lionsgate and starring singer and actress Janelle Monáe, will challenge audiences over the failure to reckon with the legacy of slavery, the directors say. (Kyle B. Kaplan/Lionsgate via AP)
June 25, 2020 - 10:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Back in March, filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz gathered their artist friends and a few journalists at Manhattan’s members-only social club, Soho House, for a screening of their first feature-length project, “Antebellum.” They wanted a constructively critical reaction...
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Wisconsin's "Forward" statue lies in the street on Capitol Square in Madison, Wis. Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues and attacked a state senator amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat. (Emily Hamer/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
June 25, 2020 - 4:24 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a state...
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The statue of former U.S. vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun hovers above its monument after contractors completed a 17-hour removal process on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
June 24, 2020 - 7:18 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The historic South Carolina city of Charleston removed a symbol of its legacy on Wednesday, after crews labored night and day to take away a statue honoring John C. Calhoun, an early U.S. vice president whose zealous defense of slavery led the nation toward civil war. But...
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A 100-foot monument to former U.S. vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun towers over a downtown square Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. Officials in Charleston voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the statue from a downtown square, the latest in a wave of actions arising from protests against racism and police brutality against African Americans. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
June 23, 2020 - 10:48 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in the historic South Carolina city of Charleston voted unanimously Tuesday to remove a statue of former vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a downtown square, the latest in a wave of actions arising from protests against racism and police...
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The statue of Hubert Lyautey, who served in Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar and Indochina when they were under French control, is offered with red painting Monday, June 22, 2020. Two statues related to France's colonial era were covered in graffiti Monday amid a global movement to take down monuments to figures tied to slavery or colonialism. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
June 22, 2020 - 2:57 am
PARIS (AP) — Two Paris statues related to France’s colonial era were daubed with red paint Monday amid a global movement to take down monuments to figures tied to slavery or colonialism. One statue was of Hubert Lyautey, near the gold-domed Invalides monument that houses Napoleon’s tomb. Lyautey...
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Crews add The Henry Wyatt Monument to a truck after removing them from the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, June 20, 2020. crews removed one statue dedicated to the women of the Confederacy, and another placed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy honoring Henry Wyatt, the first North Carolinian killed in battle in the Civil War. Both statues stood for over a century. It was not immediately clear who ordered the removals. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
June 20, 2020 - 4:22 pm
TOP OF THE HOUR: — Boy, 17, arrested for allegedly shooting at officers during South Dakota riots. — Peaceful protester arrested outside Trump rally venue. — Two Confederate statues taken down in North Carolina on governor's order. — Two people shot, one fatally, in Seattle occupied protest zone...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State Sen. Sandra Williams speaks during an interview, in Columbus, Ohio. The killing of George Floyd has sparked broader discussions of race and discrimination in state legislatures across the country. Affirmative action, reparations and designating racism as a public health crisis are generating debate and a fair amount of controversy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
June 20, 2020 - 8:21 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The racial reckoning sweeping the country after the killing of George Floyd in police custody has generated momentum at state capitols for widespread reforms addressing a range of inequities. Lawmakers have floated proposals to address affirmative action, racial...
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