Here and Now Vault: June 19 Commemoration

Join Sandra Bookman as she shares five special segments from the “Here and Now” archive that provide insight into the history of slavery in the United States as we commemorate Juneteenth.


Underwater explorer Barry Clifford discovered the Whydah Gally, a pirate ship that was wrecked off Cape Cod, originally used as a slave ship in the 18th century. Sandra Bookman interviewed Clifford to discuss the discovery in 2020.


A forgotten cemetery in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx reveals the stories of enslaved Africans who served wealthy white families in the 19th century. In 2015, Sandra Bookman sat down with Phillip Panaritis, the co-founder of the Hunts Point Slave Burial Ground Project, to discuss its importance.


Sandra Bookman interviews Jeffrey Fletcher, owner of a private collection of artifacts chronicling the history of slavery and segregation in America.


The documentary, “A Story of Bones”, tells the story of a cemetery found on Saint Helena, where the remains of thousands of “freed slaves” were discovered. Peggy King Jorde, cultural project consultant and impact producer, joined Sandra Bookman to discuss the results.


National Geographic Explorer Tara Roberts documents slave ships that were wrecked in the Atlantic Ocean during the transatlantic slave trade and follows a group of black divers who dedicate themselves to researching and documenting shipwrecks. A six-part podcast series, “Into the Depths” and National Geographic Magazine, explores the complex history of the global slave trade and the stories of the estimated 12.5 million Africans forced to make the Middle Passage.

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