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Ohio University to celebrate bicentennial of the end of slave trade

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2007) -- President Thomas Jefferson signed a bill on March 2, 1807, that abolished the U.S. slave trade and Ohio University will celebrate the bicentennial of that historical day on March 1-2.

David Eltis, professor of history at Emory University, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in the Baker University Center Theater. The world-renowned scholar will debut his Web version of the "Atlantic Slave Trade" database, which contains records from more than 35,000 slave trade voyages that took place between 1526 and 1866.

On Friday, March 2, Eltis will host a workshop featuring his slave trade database from 10 a.m. to noon at the Multicultural Center on the second floor of the Baker University Center. From 2 to 3:45 p.m., Ohio University History and African-American Studies faculty will host a panel discussion on the abolition of the slave trade at Baker University Center Room 242.

From 4 to 5 p.m., Charles Fox of the Ohio University President?s Office for Diversity and Deanda Johnson, coordinator of the Ohio University African-American Research and Service Institute, will host a history panel at Baker University Center Room 242. Fox will discuss a breeding plantation in West Virginia, and Johnson will recant stories from Ohio River Valley residents about the role slavery played in their families.

The celebration concludes with the 2007 Alvin Adams Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theater. Eric Burin, associate professor of history at the University of North Dakota, will present ?Love of Liberty Brought Us Here: Liberia and the Politics of Slavery.? His lecture will focus on the African Colonization Movement and details about the black people who migrated from the United States to Liberia in the late 1800s and early 1900s. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The Ohio University African American Studies, History and Social Work departments and the Multicultural Genealogical Center sponsor the celebration.

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