Welcome to the Yale Slavery and Abolition Portal
This site is designed to help researchers and students find primary sources related to slavery, abolition, and resistance within the university's many libraries and galleries. Select a repository from the list across the top to browse by location or use the search function to sort collections by topic. Consult the research and links pages for information about how to find additional source material.
The Greek Slave
The Greek Slave, by Hiram Powers, was the single most celebrated work of sculpture in nineteenth-century America. Its pose—inspired by the well-known Medici Venus—represents a Christian girl captured by the Turks during the Greek War of Independence, for sale in the slave market of Constantinople. The statue inspired an outpouring of prose and poetry and became an anti-slavery symbol for abolitionists.
TagsAntislavery Movements, Atlantic World, Material Culture, Nineteenth Century, Slavery, United States