As a family historian and genealogist I thought I'd pass along a few websites worth noting ...From my friend with her permission.
http://thomasday.net/ The Thomas Day Education Project (TDEP) ... see more on the project.
"Thomas Day (1801 – 1861) was a 19th-century free African-American craftsman and a founding father of the modern Southern furniture industry. "
http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces " A new NEH-sponsored website Voyages, the African Slave Trade Database aggregates information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over ten million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The website offers researchers, teachers and , students a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of people in world history."
http://www.craftingfreedom.org/ "The Crafting Freedom Website provides educators with a user-friendly resource on the African-American experience during the era of slavery. Here you'll find ready-to-use lesson plans, videos, PDF slide shows, teacher tools, and student handouts that bridge the gap between the expanding scholarship on the 19th-century black experience and the need for this history to be more widely understood. "
"This two-part lesson plan draws on letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage, singling out a few among the many slave experiences to offer students a glimpse into slavery and its effects on African American family life."
Other sites worth viewing:
"Did you know" "As part of a major Civil War assault against Richmond's defenses, 14 African American soldiers received the Medal of Honor for heroic conduct at the battle of New Market Heights, September 29, 1864" http://www.nps.gov/history/aahistory/afam_places.htm