Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th Century

Ainsley Wynn Eakins

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:30 pm EST

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Led by Ainsley Wynn Eakins, Reading Room Assistant, Library Company of Philadelphia
Obeah was carried to the Caribbean through the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but its spiritual, medicinal, and peacemaking properties became stigmatized through association with Black fugitivity and rebellion. This collection review will assess several of the Library Company’s obeah-related holdings to explore how this Afro-Caribbean tradition became racialized and criminalized in the colonial West Indies.
Sponsored by the Program in African American History