Senegal Liberations Project

Type of Work


Publication Date

Summer 8-15-2021


The Senegal Liberations Project is based on analysis of the register of slave liberations held at the National Archives of Senegal. In Senegal, slaves were freed from two French outposts, the island of Gorée and the port of Saint-Louis du Sénégal. French officials recorded the information of the African slaves who approached their district offices requesting emancipation in registers. These registers began in 1857 and included information about the enslaved peoples’ sex, age, place of birth, place of residence during their enslavement, and the date of their emancipation. As the data liberation records have been transcribed and digitized, we are now focusing on building a website which focuses on local operations within Africa with an emphasis on the experience of enslaved individuals.

Hamilton Areas of Study


Hamilton Sponsoring Organization

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton Scholarship Series

Levitt Summer Research Group Grant

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Rebecca Wall