Finding the Last Slave Ship

Finding the Last Slave Ship

The descendants of Africans on the last known American slave ship, Clotilda, describe what it would mean to discover and document the scene of the crime. Their enslaved ancestors were smuggled into Alabama in 1860, long after the United States had banned the importation of slaves. The smugglers burned the ship to hide their crime, and until recently the ship's remains lay on the bottom of the Mobile River.

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September 27, 2022

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