Samuel L. Jackson will host a six-part documentary series titled Enslaved that will use underwater archaeology to retrace the heartbreaking journey of millions of Africans as they were transported to the New World.
The Oscar-nominated actor will also serve as an executive producer, according to Variety.
The project holds special significance for Jackson, whose ancestors came from Gabon in West Africa.
“For me, Enslaved is an attempt to give a voice to the millions whose voices were silenced,” the actor said in a statement.
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The series will search underwater for slave ships that sank claiming the lives of their human cargo.
The project from production and distribution giant, Fremantle, is timed to mark 400 years since the first Africans were brought to the Americas as slaves.
“This transformative, moving series exposes the shocking realities of slavery, retracing the traumatic journey they endured which began 400 years ago,” said Jens Richter, CEO, International of Fremantle.
Simcha Jacobovici will direct and serve as a co-executive producer.
“Our goal is to tell a global story of suffering and resistance, of oppression and overcoming, through the adventure of finding and marking sunken slave ships,” said Jacobovici.