Africatown - Mobile, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member hoteltwo
N 30° 43.942 W 088° 03.424
16R E 398802 N 3400419
Quick Description: Located on Bay Bridge Rd at Magazine St notes the last known slave ship of enslaved Africans forced to come to America on the slave ship, the Clotilda. It also describes the settlement of the descendants and their culture.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 12/5/2020 8:53:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM13G2W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lazer
Views: 1

Long Description:
Marker text:

Near here in circa 1860, Timothy Meaher unloaded approximately 110 smuggled Africans of Yoruba ethnicity from the schooner Clotilda, the last known documented slave ship to force enslaved people of African descent to the United States. He shared his illicit human cargo with his brothers and sold the rest to upstate plantations. The ship was torched to the hull and sunk by its owners to prevent discovery. After the Civil War, many freed Clotilda captives traveled to Magazine Point, and founded their own settlement, known today as Africatown. The settlement was isolated at first and gave the survivors a haven to continue practicing their traditional African culture. The people of Africatown elected their own officials, established their own church, purchased land collectively, and maintained traditional familial ties. According to oral tradition, the survivors returned to their point of origin, in Africatown, with hopes that they would return to their homeland. Never able to, they remembered their languages, customs, social structures, and taught their children about Africa. The following generations maintained the customs passed down to them, while slowly integrating themselves with Mobile's African-American society. Eventually, Africatown was annexed by the City of Mobile. The last recognized survivors of the Clotilda, Kazoola (Cudjo Lewis) and Redoshi (Sally Smith) died in 1935 and 1937, respectively. In 2019, the Clotilda was found near this site in the Mobile River delta, where the vessel currently rests.
Marker Name: Africatown

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Erected by Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile.

Date Dedicated / Placed: Unk

Marker Number: N/A

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