New Exhibit: Plants Plantations Labor Trade

January 27, 2020

We welcome you to our new exhibit,  Plants  Plantations  Labor  Trade: An Exhibit of Holdings of the UW-Madison Libraries and Wisconsin Historical Society Library & Archives.

Our exhibit area (on the 9th floor of Memorial Library)  is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, . Visitors are welcome. The exhibit will be on display through May 22, 2020.

It highlights books, manuscripts, archives, music, and pictorial materials exploring the long history and global reach of plantations, including crops and land use, racialized and forced labor, means of production and markets.

The exhibit was curated and installed to accompany the Sawyer Seminar “Interrogating the Plantationocene,” Center for the Humanities, UW-Madison.

square portion of exhibit poster for Plants Plantations Labor Trade

Co-curated by Cynthia Bachhuber, Susan Barribeau, Tom Caw, Laura Martin, Robin Rider, Lisa Saywell, and Emilie Songolo.


The image at the top of the page is from “Elog-mpoo mingenda milibet,” cloth promoting the cultural association of the Elog-Mpoo people in Cameroon. Shown here: cocoa trees lining the top border of the fabric sample. Digitized as part of “Commemorative Fabrics from Africa,”

The image in the middle of the page is from Carly Sentieri’s poster for this exhibit.