To be Black in America is a difficult story to tell. Albeit, the International African American Museum says it is an important story that must be told.
From the outset, Africans in slavery had their identities removed and were transported as cargo. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database reports that between 1525 and 1866, European colonizers moved an estimated 12.5 million Africans across the Atlantic. In the U.S., those crossings can be located to specific ports that served as main points of entry for stolen people forced into a brutal chattel system.