Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade From 1808 to 1865 Professional Development Workshop for Teachers


February 11, 2017 8:30am - 4:30pm

Held in conjunction with the opening of Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 this FREE workshop provides an opportunity for teachers to explore the special exhibition and discover content and educational resources from The Historic New Orleans Collection.

This full-day professional development experience for teachers of grades 7 12, will expand educators’ content knowledge as well as build pedagogical skills. Classroom-ready teaching resources will be modeled and shared.

Program Details


The Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 exhibition from The Historic New Orleans Collection examines the lives of individuals caught up in the domestic slave trade and considers New Orleans’s role as antebellum America’s largest slave market. Period broadsides, paintings, and prints will illustrate how the domestic slave trade appeared in the public sphere, while manuscripts, photographs, and three-dimensional objects—including ships’ manifests, slave clothing, a letter from New York Governor Washington Hunt regarding Solomon Northup’s illegal enslavement in Louisiana, and a patient admission book from Touro Infirmary—will speak to the experience of those whose lives were bought and sold. First-person accounts excerpted from published slave narratives and oral histories will be included throughout the exhibition.

Participants will receive the following:

  • Special presentations by THNOC staff
  • Special showing of the exhibition Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865
  • Lesson plans aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • A preloaded flash drive with THNOC lesson plans
  • Certificate for CPE hours from the Bullock Texas State History Museum, SBEC approved, and Certificate of Participation from THNOC
  • Lunch, beverages, and snacks

The program will begin with a special lecture by THNOC Historian/Curator Erin M. Greenwald and conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor of History, African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

This workshop is free of charge, and light breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided. Registration for this workshop is now closed. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a spot opens up, please email education@thestoryoftexas.com

Parking is complimentary in the Museum’s garage, and CPE certificates to be provided, SBEC approved.

Questions? Contact (512) 936-4604 or education@thestoryoftexas.com.

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Images courtesy The Historic New Orleans Collection.