We are a multidisciplinary research project dedicated to preserving, digitizing, transcribing, translating, and analyzing manuscripts from three Louisiana slave conspiracies. We are building a digital archive that will present these French and Spanish manuscripts alongside original transcription and English translation.The archive also features interactive historical maps that are built to address essential but still unresolved questions about the organization of social relations and the circulation of ideas in these conspiracies.
Patty Frontiera is Academic Coordinator of the D-Lab. Her research focuses on web mapping, spatial databases, environmental informatics and the development of web-based geospatial analysis tools.
Amani Morrison is a PhD Candidate in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. Her research interests include 20th Century African American literature, performance studies, cultural studies, and the digital humanities. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary investigation of black Chicago and kitchenette apartments during the 1940s and 1950s.
Shadrick Small is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department. He is writing a dissertation about the music industry and social networks among jazz and blues musicians in the 1920s.
Bryan Wagner is Associate Professor in the English Department. He has published Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard UP, 2009) and The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton UP, 2017).