CHAIN REACTION: Durham-based artist Stephen Hayes stands with sculptural works from his exhibit, Cash Crop. The figures symbolize both the African slave trade and contemporary trade economics. Photo courtesy of the artist

“Cash Crop,” new exhibit at YMI, looks at African slave trade and current trade economics

Between 1502 and the mid-1860s, more than 15 million people were placed in chains and loaded onto boats that sailed from West African shores to Brazilian ports, Caribbean sugar plantations and American cities like Wilmington, N.C., Mobile, Ala. and Charleston, S.C. There, the 12 million or so who survived the monthslong Middle Passage, shackled and […]