I am a research associate for the Rights Lab’s Antislavery Usable Project, exploring the use of visual culture in the modern abolition movement. My focus is on murals and I am creating a database of modern antislavery murals across a variety of topics from around the world.
The aim of this project is to analyse portrayals of modern slavery through murals and examine how murals are used in the movement. I am also cultivating an archive of antislavery murals that use the images of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth to highlight how the images of historical figures are repeatedly used in the modern civil rights struggle. This relates to my PhD thesis, which examines the memory of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. I explore how these African American female abolitionists from the 19th Century have been remembered in visual culture, for example in sculptures, artwork, murals.
I am also interested in the portrayal of Tubman and Truth through children’s literature and have begun to explore the publication of juvenile literature on modern slavery. The ultimate aim of the PhD thesis is to create an archive of Tubman and Truth visual culture, alongside a book analysing their memory.