Founder and Director, Atlantic Black Box
Meadow Dibble is the founder and Director of Atlantic Black Box, a public history project that empowers individuals, community groups, and institutions throughout the place long known as New England to research and begin reckoning with the region’s involvement in the slave trade and the global economy of enslavement. She serves as Project Lead on the Place Justice Project, a truth-seeking and historical recovery initiative of Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations.
Meadow is additionally a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She received her Ph.D. from Brown’s Department of French and taught Francophone African literature at Colby College from 2005–08. Originally from Cape Cod, she lived for six years on Senegal’s Cape Verde peninsula prior to pursuing her graduate studies. In 2016, Meadow experienced a brutal awakening to the reality of her hometown’s deep investment in slavery and ever since has been researching complicity among Cape Cod’s sea captains and sharing the story of The Diseased Ship.