Meroe in the Black Literary Imagination

Professor Nicole Aljoe, Director of the Africana Studies Program at Northeastern University, discusses the work of Pauline Hopkins (1859–1930), author of the fictional Of One Blood; Or, The Hidden Self (1903). The novel, first published in The Colored American Magazine, based in Boston, imagines the rediscovery of ancient Meroe at the start of the 20th century. This video was on view in “Ancient Nubia Now” (October 13, 2019–January 20, 2020), part of an effort to bring contemporary voices into the galleries.