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THE BLACK ARCHIVES

One of the few archives in the Netherlands focusing on black heritage, The Black Archives aims to make the hidden black history of the Netherlands visible. The Black Archives unlocks a unique collection of books, archives and artefacts, legacies of black writers and scientists. The Black Archives documents the history of black emancipation movements and individuals in the Netherlands, preserving it and making it visible and accessible to a wide audience.

The growing archive currently consists of more than 4,000 special historical books, documents, photographs, films and artifacts around Surinamese and black history in the Netherlands. Central topics from the archives are racism, slavery and knowledge about former colonies and black emancipation. Many topics are current and also underexposed, while everyone should have knowledge of these histories.

The archives are located in the premises of the ‘Association Our Suriname’ in eastside Amsterdam, an association with its 100th anniversary in 2019.

The Black Archives can currently be visited by appointment. Also guided tours are given. Together with the Amsterdam Museum, The Black Archives is currently creating an exhibition planned to open end of November, 2017, focusing on life and work of Otto and Hermina Huiswoud.

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