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How one online database is retelling the stories of those who escaped from American slavery

Courtesy of Freedom on the Move
Newspaper clippings like the one pictured were used by enslavers after the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Photo from the Freedom on the Move archive.

Juneteenth, a day to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people, is just around the corner. We learn how some local venues, including the New Orleans African American Museum, are celebrating the holiday. But equally important to celebrating is learning more about the lives of the enslaved.

University of New Orleans Professor Mary Niall Mitchell tells us about Freedom on the Move, an online database that seeks to document the lives of escaped people through newspaper ads placed by enslavers. We learn more about her research and how a recent grant will help expand this work.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karl Lengel has returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina. Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.