[Blackstudies-l] CUNY Dominican Studies Institute presents “First Blacks in the Americas”

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ivetteromero posted: " Many thanks to the CUNY Dominican Studies
Institute’s Anthony Stevens-Acevedo (assistant director) and Sarah Aponte
(chief librarian) for sharing the news about the first phase of the
bilingual platform “First Blacks in the Americas” / “Los Primeros Neg"
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Many thanks to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute’s Anthony
Stevens-Acevedo (assistant director) and Sarah Aponte (chief librarian) for
sharing the news about the first phase of the bilingual platform “First
Blacks in the Americas” / “Los Primeros Negros en las Américas.” This is a
great, new educational resource. [The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute is
also the author of a pioneering, NEH funded online platform launched three
years ago for the learning of the deciphering and reading of the often
cumbersome early modern Spanish scripts, the “Spanish Paleography Digital
Teaching and Learning Tool,” available at http://www.
spanishpaleographytool.org.]

According to the CUNY team, altogether, the platform includes 383 pages of
manuscripts, 379 pages of transcriptions, 291 bibliographic entries, 131
glossary definitions, 111 embedded images, 98 pages of translations, 76
pages of English comments, 75 pages of Spanish comments, 53 old maps, 28
links to other entities on blackness, 20 pages of summaries and 10 pages of
description of the website.

*Press Release (The City College of New York):* The first digital platform
in academia presenting a comprehensive history of the Americas’ earliest
African inhabitants is now live. “First Blacks
<http://www.firstblacks.org/en/> in the Americas/Los Primeros
<http://firstblacks.org/spn/> Negros en las Américas,” a bilingual archival
resource in English and Spanish, is the product of The City College of New
York- based CUNY Dominican Studies Institute <https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi>
.

Led by Ramona Hernández <https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi/dr-ramona-hernandez>,
professor of sociology in City College’s Colin Powell School for Civic and
Global Leadership <https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/colinpowellschool>, CUNY DSI
is the nation's first university-based research institute devoted to the
study of people of Dominican descent around the world. The core of its new
resource comprises a collection of 72 archival document packages. They
contain an equal number of manuscripts from 16th century La Española, the
Island now shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The selected material documents in various ways the presence of the
black-African population and their descendants that lived in the
island-colony (the first European outpost in the Americas in modern times)
during the first 100 years of colonization. It is the first platform to
make this kind of collection of sources available on the internet to the
general public.

“This platform, several years in the making by our institute, is another
milestone contribution to the effort to democratize access to historical
information that belongs to all of us who live in the Americas,” said
Hernández. She headed the team of researchers and paleographers that
developed the platform. It included Anthony Stevens-Acevedo
<https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi/anthony-stevens-acevedo>, DSI assistant
director and an historian, and Sarah Aponte,
<https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi/librarian-sarah-aponte> DSI chief librarian,
who coordinated the team. Undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral
researchers from CCNY and The Graduate Center, CUNY, also participated in
the project.

Source: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/ccny-based-dsi-launches-
unique-site-early-blacks-americas

*Other press information:* Stevens-Acevedo also explains that the website
has begun to be disseminated by some important institutions as the Redial
Network of Latin-Americanists in Western Europe (
http://www.red-redial.net/pt/america-actualidade-12667.html ), the Hispanic
American Historical Review’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
HispanicAmericanHistoricalReview/posts/1620485487976999 ) and Archivo
Histórico Provincial de Sevilla, España (https://www.facebook.com/ahp.
sevilla/posts/1376728862337657 ).

There is also a short interview by New York 1 about the platform available
at http://www.ny1noticias.com/nyc/twc-ny1-noticias/noticias/
2016/12/10/los-primeros-negros-en-las-am-ricas.html.

The *Atlanta Black Star* published a story/interview about the website on
December 28 that may be viewed at: http://atlantablackstar.
com/2016/12/28/first-blacks-in-the-americas-new-educational-website-touches-
on-untold-history-of-dominican-republics-earliest-black-africans/
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | January
29, 2017 at 10:27 pm | Tags: CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
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