Library Closure

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the JCB is closed until further notice. Library staff will be assessing our calendar for a phased reopening over the summer and will continue to post information here. Thank you for your patience.
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Injustice in our midst: A Message to our Community

As protests have proliferated over the past week in response to the horrific murder of George Floyd, and anger at other episodes of systemic race-based violence against members of minority communities has boiled over, the Library’s staff and extended community have been thinking about how institutions of historical memory like the JCB can and should respond. 

As a steward of historical materials that are deeply illustrative of – and deeply imbedded within – the histories of race-based oppression in the Americas, the JCB has a special responsibility to take part in these conversations....

Dr. Herman Bennett delivers a lecture to a crowd at the John Carter Brown Library

Kings and Slaves: Diplomacy, Sovereignty, and Black Subjectivity in the Early Modern World

How did early encounters between Europeans and Africans affect subsequent migration of Africans to the Americas?

Dr. Herman Bennett, a specialist on the African diaspora in  Latin America during the colonial period, draws on his recent work, African Kings and Black Slaves, in a lecture delivered at the JCB in honor of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the John Carter Brown Library's Associates.

View the lecture here