Africatown Experience


In 1860 the Clotilda, the last known ship to illegally smuggle African captives into the United States, sailed into Mobile. Many descendants of the survivors still live in Africatown, just a few miles north of downtown Mobile. Soon, you will be able to experience the story of resilience and sacrifice of these survivors through the Africatown Experience!




Clotilda: The Exhibition at the Africatown Heritage House

Africatown Heritage House

Africatown Heritage House 
The Africatown Heritage House shares the experience of the journey to and from Africa, bringing life to the 110 captives, showing artifacts of the burned and sunken shipwreck, and allowing us to reflect on the past emphasizing how strength, optimism, and resilience created a community like none other.

Africatown Water Tours
Take a journey along the Mobile River where you will hear stories of captives on the schooner, Clotilda, who were illegally carried through the same waters more than 160 years ago bringing in the last shipment of enslaved humans to land on America’s shores. Discover their survival, heroism, and their ultimate story of resiliency as they founded the Africatown community, which still exists today. Coming Soon.

Africatown Community Partners
Many groups are working to preserve the history of Africatown and advocate for the community. Please visit them to see the work that they are doing to advance the success of Africatown.

Africatown Business & Community Panel – Africatown C.H.E.S.S. – Africatown Community Development CorporationAfricatown Heritage Preservation FoundationAfricatown Redevelopment Corporation – Clotilda Descendant Association – Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail – Mobile County Training School Alumni Association – Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition – Making Opportunities Viable for Everyone

Media Coverage

Africatown Heritage House earns recognition in USA TODAY's 2024 10Best Readers' Choice Awards

Friday, January 05, 2024

The Africatown Heritage House has earned national recognition as one of USA TODAY’s “2024 10Best Readers’ Choice...

Mobile's Newest Museum Honors The Survivors Of The Last Transatlantic Slave Ship

Thursday, January 04, 2024

Clotilda: The Exhibition opened on July 8 in Africatown in Mobile, Alabama. This exhibit, showcased inside the newly constructed...

New Exhibition Tells the Story of the ‘Clotilda,’ the Last Known American Slave Ship

Thursday, January 04, 2024

In 1808, Congress banned the importation of enslaved individuals—but the new law didn’t stop white smugglers from...

The Last U.S. Slave Ship Arrived in Alabama 163 Years Ago

Thursday, January 04, 2024

The Clotilda, the last known U.S. slave ship, arrived in Mobile, Alabama, in 1860 with 110 enslaved people. Travel journalist Natalie...

Clotilda: The Exhibition now open in Mobile, Alabama's Africatown | Wealth of Geeks

Friday, September 08, 2023

When planning your next trip to Mobile, Alabama, make sure to make time to visit “ Clotilda : The Exhibition.” The...