Dr. Sarah Moody receives NEH Summer Stipend for her project, “Remembering Enslavement, Shaping Freedom: The Afrocubana Authors of Minerva”

Join is in congratulating Dr. Sarah Moody on receiving a highly contested summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities! With this project, Sarah Moody will study a magazine produced by and for Afro-Cuban women prior to Cuban independence from Spain. The first epoch of Minerva: Revista Quincenal Dedicada a la Mujer de Color (Minerva: Bi-weekly Magazine Dedicated to the Woman of Color) was edited in Havana between November, 1888 and July, 1889, just two years after the abolition of slavery. Many Minerva authors were women, and they likely contributed most of the magazine’s editorial work as well. Afro-Cuban women writers are incredibly difficult to find in the nineteenth-century archive, and the writers of Minerva offer a unique opportunity to examine their interventions into public discourse and print culture during the colonial period.