Cover image for Lest we forget : the passage from Africa to slavery and emancipation
Lest we forget : the passage from Africa to slavery and emancipation
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, c1997.
Physical Description:
32 p. : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm.
General Note:
"A three-dimensional interactive book with photographs and documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibit."
Reading Level:
1160 L Lexile


Material Type
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Richly designed, this historical document is an ingenious, interactive, three-dimensional experience that dramatically addresses the painful history of America and the slave trade. Based on the Black Holocaust Exhibit, "Lest We Forget" is history brought to life by Velma Maia Thomas, curator. Accompanying the book's documents, Thomas' exquisite prose is interwoven with the moving words of slaves themselves. Photos.

Author Notes

Velma Maia Thomas, an ordained minister, is the creator & curator of the Black Holocaust Exhibit. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

YAÄNo matter how much one has read about the degradation of slavery, the images and the words in this book will have a firm impact on its audience. A three-dimensional interactive book, it contains reproductions of photographs and documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibit that was conceived and developed by the author. By combining highly effective and readable text with photographs, news clipping, drawings, and facsimilies of documents, Thomas shares with her readers the details of virtually every aspect of slave life from the horrors of slave ships to the dangers of trying to escape. Throughout the assortment of pop-out and pull-out replicas, points are raised that will lead to classroom discussion. With its inclusion of documents such as a receipt for a slave woman or the freedom papers of a former slave, those discussions will be given an added dimension.ÄPeggy Bercher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.