Forum — Slavery and Tourism

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How should slavery be represented by interpreters, exhibits, and films at historic sites?

  • In what ways do guides and interpreters at historic sites confront or avoid the history of slavery and/or slave trading?

  • Are there historic sites that are currently depicting slavery or slave trading accurately and completely for visitors?

How can sound be used effectively in exhibits portraying slavery or the transatlantic slave trade?

Where are exhibits relating to slavery or slave trading located on historic sites—in central museums or displays or in auxilliary buildings?
Do the managers of forts, plantations, or public buildings today have an obligation to present their site's slave past to the public? Why or why not?

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How can students, scholars, and historic site or museum directors in Africa, Europe, and the Americas collaborate to improve the interpretation of slavery and slave trading at international tourist sites?

Who owns the past? How are stakeholders identified at historic sites which represent slavery or slaveholding?

How can scholars do a better job of communicating the intricacies of the past to the general public, without compromising the integrity of their work?

Are tourism and truthful presentations of the harsh realities of the past incompatible?

Should tourism in historically significant sites relating to slavery and the slave trade be of a different quality than tourism promoted in other realms or areas?

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