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Looking out at the Atlantic Ocean from Elmina Castle, I felt the pull of different forebears. Courtesy of Kainaz Amaria hide caption

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Finding A Way Home Through 'The Door Of No Return'

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A new exhibit at George Washington's Mount Vernon plantation house explores the complexity of the first president's relationship with the slaves he owned that lived and worked there. Tom is the first of the 19 slaves profiled throughout the exhibit, which opened on Oct. 1. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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Patricia Bayonne-Johnson holds a photo of her great-grandparents and their son. The retired science teacher discovered that some of her ancestors were sold by the Jesuits of the Maryland Province in 1838, to pay off Georgetown University's massive debt. Nick Otto/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Harriet Tubman, pictured between 1860 and 1875. The woman who will soon become the first African-American to grace an American currency note self-funded many of her heroic raids to save slaves by cooking. H.B. Lindsley/Library of Congress via AP hide caption

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A group of students calling themselves Reclaim Harvard Law School has been occupying a student center for weeks, demanding greater attention to racial issues, including more diversity among the faculty. Chiquita Paschal/Chiquita Paschal hide caption

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History Of Slavery, Future Of Diversity Still At Issue At Harvard

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Illustration of Dr. J. Marion Sims with Anarcha by Robert Thom. Courtesy of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Pearson Museum. Pearson Museum, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine hide caption

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Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology

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When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: 'All I Could Do Was Weep'

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A photo from 1875 in Rio de Janeiro shows women street sellers called "quitandeiras," also known as "slaves who earn." A portion of the profits was returned to their masters. Marc Ferrez/Moreira Salles Institute hide caption

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Brazil Enslaved

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An aerial view of Monticello shows Mulberry Row to the right of Thomas Jefferson's house. Robert Llewellyn/© Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello hide caption

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Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia on Nov. 22, 2014. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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Interior view of a room with a rotunda ceiling during an auction of slaves, artwork and goods. William Henry Brooke, 1772-1860/Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection hide caption

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Remembering New Orleans' Overlooked Ties To Slavery

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In 'Escaping ISIS,' An Underground Railroad Forms To Save Yazidi Women

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Looks At The Physical Toll Of Being Black In America

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An African-American Army cook at work in City Point, Va., sometime between 1860 and 1865. Food played a critical role in determining the outcome of the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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