Unchained Memories

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photoThroughout the mid 1930s, out of work writers set to the South armed with a tape recorder and a list of questions to interview former slaves about their lives before freedom.

Thousands of interviews were conducted and archived. These testimonials captured all parts of slave life from being bought and sold, to brutal punishments, to marriage, birth and death.

Tonight, we hear the life of slaves in their own words.


Jacqueline Glover, Producer of the HBO show, "Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives"

Dr. Cynthia Goodman, Guest Curator for the "Unchained Memories Exhibition" organized for the Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Ira Berlin, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, chief advisor of the "Unchained Memories" show, and author of a forthcoming book entitled "Generations of Captivity, The History of the African American Slave"

This program aired on February 13, 2003.


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