The Last American Slave Ship


An international spotlight has found Mobile with the recent discovery of the Clotilda, the last slave ship to enter the US, off the city’s shores. The schooner Clotilda smuggled African captives into the U.S. in 1860, more than 50 years after importing slaves was outlawed. Africatown, a community settled by the survivors of the illegal import, is buzzing with energy as new light is being shed on the community’s history with this landmark discovery.

Below are some of the national and international stories on the recent discovery. It’s not just Mobile’s history, it’s world history.