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Alabama Historians: The Last Known Slave Ship Has Been Found – The New York Times

The discovery was aided by input from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, the National Geographic Society and the Slave Wrecks Project, a multinational group researching the slave trade, and comes at a moment when civil rights museums have opened across the South. African-American history is also finding powerful new expression in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in Washington in 2016.

But the news is likely to resonate most forcefully in Africatown, a working-class community of about 2,000 people north of downtown Mobile. It was founded by people who had been transported to Alabama in the Clotilda’s hull, and it was a place where African languages were spoken for decades.

via Alabama Historians: The Last Known Slave Ship Has Been Found – The New York Times

In Africatown, the found ship Clotilda ignites hope, validates heritage – al.com

“It lends credibility to the community and to who we are as not just West Africans, but we are North Africans and West Africans and part of a human story, not a human tragedy.”

via In Africatown, the found ship Clotilda ignites hope, validates heritage – al.com

Clotilda, ‘last American slave ship,’ discovered in Alabama – National Geographic

“The discovery of the Clotilda sheds new light on a lost chapter of American history,” says Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, which supported the search. “This finding is also a critical piece of the story of Africatown, which was built by the resilient descendants of America’s last slave ship.”

via Clotilda, ‘last American slave ship,’ discovered in Alabama

What is the Clotilda? Last American slave ship found in Alabama; What it means, what happens now – al.com

The wreckage of the Clotilda – the last known ship to bring enslaved people from Africa to the U.S. – has been found in the waters off Mobile, a discovery that provided proof of what some had deemed a legend.

via What is the Clotilda? Last American slave ship found in Alabama; What it means, what happens now – al.com

Elaina Plott: The Bullet in My Arm – The Atlantic

Where I’m from, we like guns. They are as much a part of our story as Jesus, “Roll Tide,” and monograms. Even if you’ve never shot one, you appreciate the romance.

via Elaina Plott: The Bullet in My Arm – The Atlantic

‘Still fighting’: Africatown, site of last US slave shipment, sues over pollution | US news | The Guardian

Womack, a retired army major who grew up in the area and is now the leader of a local environmental justice group, has parked on a patch of dirt under a stories-high interstate bridge, wedged between a paper mill, oil storage tanks and an industrial railroad.

Between the tangle of heavy industry, it’s about as close as you can still get to the area where the Clotilda and the 110 kidnapped west Africans aboard are said to have first touched ground – and where the remains of what might in fact be the ship were recently discovered, thanks to unusual weather conditions.

via ‘Still fighting’: Africatown, site of last US slave shipment, sues over pollution | US news | The Guardian

Greed and wanton destruction destroyed Alabama’s oyster harvest – al.com

It is hard to imagine how many oysters were present in Mobile Bay before we got here. It is hard, even, to understand how many there were just 100 years ago. According to AL.com calculations, it is likely we have removed about 1.8 billion adult oysters from the bay in the last century.

via Greed and wanton destruction destroyed Alabama’s oyster harvest – al.com