The mission of Liberated Africans is to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of humankind. The materials are primarily for educational purposes, most especially students, teachers, scholars, and the general public. This website is intended to offer public access to collections of historical materials related to slavery that are products of their particular times, and may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Liberated Africans does not condone racism, discrimination, or prejudice of any kind.

Liberated Africans is an open- and crowd-sourced digital history project intended for the public domain. Multimedia object metadata adhere to DublinCore standards and therefore acknowledge all archives respective to source material, entity or researcher responsible for digitization and the date of reproduction when available. Unless prior licensing restrictions exist, all metadata and multimedia objects, including high resolution and access images, on Liberated Africans therefore fall under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CCBY-NC 4.0).

Most primary source materials republished on Liberated Africans were created pre-1923; thus, are generally in the public domain. Although most civil law countries treat pre-1923 unpublished materials as being in the public domain, there are exceptions; thus, efforts to obtain explicit copyright permission from each archive is underway. The many contributors have done their best to obtain permissions whenever possible.

Liberated Africans has obtained a license from the British National Archives. Likewise, the British Library's "Endangered Archives Programme" makes available material free of charge without permission under a CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication (CCO 1.0). This website follows the UNESCO World Digital Archive guidelines, which promote the flow of all forms of knowledge.

In terms of source code made in connection with Liberated Africans, MATRIX and CRDDS guarantee that technological innovations will be released under the General Public License Version 3.0 (GPLv3). Since KORA was developed as a universal platform, and project files reside on MATRIX servers (with copies on PetaLibrary). Code, metadata and objects will be distributed as versioned datasets via GitHub and Figshare.

For a list of project contributors click here.