The domestic slave trade was prominent in American life and culture throughout much of the nineteenth century. We continue to feel its effects today. A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865, sheds light on this cruel period in American history. Visitors will learn from 75 original artifacts, slave narratives, oral histories and “Lost Friends” ads placed in Chicago and around Illinois by emancipated people seeking out their loved ones. Joining us from the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to share insights into bringing Purchased Lives to Chicago are Arielle Weininger, chief curator of collections and exhibitions, and Kelley Szany, vice president of education and exhibitions.
This segment is part of an ongoing collaboration between Worldview and the Illinois Holocaust Museum, as Worldview celebrates 25 years and the museum celebrates 10.