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Slavery and the Making of AmericaDrawing of a sermon at the First African Church in Richmond, Virginia
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

The Slave Experience: Religion
Intro Historical Overview Character Spotlight Hidden Objects Personal Narratives Original Docs
Introduction Religion
Character Spotlight Illustration of slave uprising - Library of Congress
What religions did slaves bring from Africa to America? Get the historical overview How did they preserve African spiritual beliefs and practices while enslaved? Did slaves convert to Christianity? When did they convert? Why?
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Nat Turner, most likely the son of an African-born slave, grew up on a Southside Virginia plantation. From his earliest years, fellow slaves considered Nat a prophet, sent by God to serve a grand purpose.
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Illustration of slave uprising - Library of Congress
Original Documents
Personal Narratives Read and Listen Illustration of African American Preacher
to compelling first-hand accounts of life during slavery and Reconstruction.
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Hidden Objects: The Spiritual World of Slaves
Hidden Objects: The Spiritual World of Slaves Photograph of charm and crucifix - Louisiana State Museum
Original Documents Illustration of African American Preacher
Go on an archaeological exploration and discover objects used in the religious rites and spiritual practices of slaves.
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Learn about the baptism of Anthony d'Angola. Investigate the impact of religion on slaves and slavery by looking at documents dating to the Colonial, Antebellum, and Reconstruction periods.
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