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News – Diving for Clotilda Virtual Event on International Archeology Day 2022

September 7, 2022


Save the date and join us on Saturday October 15 (time TBD) for a very special virtual event we are hosting to celebrate the International Day of Archeology (JHA).

In Diving for the Clotilda: archaeology, history and legacy of the last known slave ship, we will explore the wreck of the infamous slave ship discovered in 2019 in the Mobile River in Alabama. You’ll hear from the archaeologists who dived into the Mobile River to explore, document and study the wreck; the historians who highlighted the historic significance of the wreck and presented the accounts of the victims and villains involved; and descendants whose lives and stories connect the present to the past and are living testimonies of the African men, women and children who were brought to the United States against their will and who hoped one day to return home across the Atlantic. .

In 1860, more than 50 years after the international slave trade was banned in the United States, the Clotilda, carrying more than 100 captive Africans – men, women and children – sailed up the Mobile River in Alabama under cover of the night. Knowing full well that what he was doing was illegal, the captain of the ship, after unloading his captives, burned and scuttled the ship. In 2019, nearly 160 years later, the wreckage was located. Since then, archaeologists and historians have studied its contents – a snapshot of the ship at the time of its chaotic destruction. But the ship’s legacy is not just the underwater wreckage and items found on board. Enslaved Africans who arrived on the Clotilda and were later freed by the Emancipation Proclamation founded their own community, Africatown, a few miles north of Mobile.

Join us for this special event and listen as archaeologists explore the wreck, historians researching her history and the descendants of the people who were brought to the ship, as they work to preserve the Clotilda and ensure her legacy and his stories are not forgotten.

Pre-register now for Dive for Clotilda on Saturday October 15th and you will be automatically registered for the Zoom webinar as soon as program details are finalized.

Image ©2022 Alabama Historical Commission. Created by Daniel Fiore.

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