Rice undergraduates presented alongside historians and experts on the intra-American slave trade at the “Bound Away” conference held at the Moody Center for the Arts Dec. 3 and 4. Lovett College senior Victoria Zabarte, a history major with a minor in African and African American studies, and Jones College senior Katelyn Landry, a history major who’s minoring in anthropology and politics, law and social thought, discussed their project for the Fondren Fellows program.
“Where Is Texas on the SlaveVoyages Website?” reconstructed the 19th-century coastwise slave trade to Texas through a database created using manifests and newspaper sources. Zabarte and Landry’s data will be uploaded to the Intra-American Slave Trade Database on SlaveVoyages.org, the world’s largest repository for data on slaving voyages. The website recently moved from Emory University to Rice, and the “Bound Away” conference served to celebrate this changeover as well as spotlight new research on slave voyages from the website’s many national and international contributors. (Photos by Katharine Shilcutt)