(Un)known Project

(Un)Known Project unearths and honors the names and stories of enslaved Black people in America and the global African diaspora. The project supports learning, healing, and reconciliation through the creation of artistic spaces and experiences.

  • Dennah
  • Clara Brown
  • Will
  • Amy
  • Sall
  • Bett
  • Lucy Higgs Nichols
  • Aynefs
  • Casar
  • Liley
  • Jack
  • William
  • Susan
  • Charlotte
  • Coleman Lot
  • Washington
  • Edney
  • Amcy
  • Eve
  • “Maid servants”
  • Horace
  • Booze Johnson
  • Steward
  • William
  • Pleasant
  • Catherine
  • Hannah
  • Bob
  • Lewis
  • Gatewood Family
  • Fountain
  • Morley
  • Joseph
  • Sally
  • Indy
  • Prip
  • Unknown
  • Cornelia
  • Unknown
  • Jeremiah
  • Rachel
  • Unknown
  • Anthony
  • Peggy
  • Simon
  • Grant, Bate, Ann and one child. Giles, Manerva and one child. Kate, Cornelius and Ellen, Children of Eliza. Edgar A. Poe and Effie, Children of Manerva. Maria and Byson, Children of Eliza. Mary and Nancy, Children of Ann.
  • Isaac
  • Jude
  • Robert Scott
  • Isaac, Lydia, and a child, Anaca
  • Slaves (approximately 60)
  • Winnie Johnson
  • 69 Named and Unnamed Individuals
  • Dennah
  • Clara Brown
  • Will
  • Amy
  • Sall
  • Bett
  • Lucy Higgs Nichols
  • Aynefs
  • Casar
  • Liley
  • Jack
  • William
  • Susan
  • Charlotte
  • Coleman Lot
  • Washington
  • Edney
  • Amcy
  • Eve
  • “Maid servants”
  • Horace
  • Booze Johnson
  • Steward
  • William
  • Pleasant
  • Catherine
  • Hannah
  • Bob
  • Lewis
  • Gatewood Family
  • Fountain
  • Morley
  • Joseph
  • Sally
  • Indy
  • Prip
  • Unknown
  • Cornelia
  • Unknown
  • Jeremiah
  • Rachel
  • Unknown
  • Anthony
  • Peggy
  • Simon
  • Grant, Bate, Ann and one child. Giles, Manerva and one child. Kate, Cornelius and Ellen, Children of Eliza. Edgar A. Poe and Effie, Children of Manerva. Maria and Byson, Children of Eliza. Mary and Nancy, Children of Ann.
  • Isaac
  • Jude
  • Robert Scott
  • Isaac, Lydia, and a child, Anaca
  • Slaves (approximately 60)
  • Winnie Johnson
  • 69 Named and Unnamed Individuals

(Un)Known Project Book Club

Learn more about the 2024 (Un)Known Project Book Club! Click below to sign-up and get information including updates, reflection prompts and more from the book club sent to you throughout the year!

Tell a fuller story

Help tell a fuller story of the history of enslavement in America by sharing names, stories, documents, and locations. Interested in learning more? Delve into the map and information already submitted!

Leave a footprint

We invite you to leave a set of footprints in honor of people enslaved in America and beyond. This is a way to remember them and to honor their lives and stories.

(Un)known project experiences

    Frazier Museum (Un)Known Project Art Installation

    On June 1, 2022 the Frazier History Museum unveiled a commissioned art piece by glass artist Ché Rhodes as part of (Un)Known Project.

    Journeys to Freedom

    Journeys to Freedom: (Un)Known Project River Cruise is an immersive river excursion commissioned by IDEAS xLab and written and directed by artist Sidney Monroe Williams (they/them).

    Roots 101 African American Museum (Un)Known Project Art Installation

    Unveiled in summer 2022, Journey of the Unknown is a moving art installation housed at Roots 101 African American Museum by artist X. Moyo, who was commissioned to create an art exhibit that reflects …

    A Journey In Our Footprints

    A Journey In Our Footprints is planned to be installed in 2023 along the Louisville River Walk and will feature the footprints of four Black Louisvillians. The footprints represent enslaved people wal…