African-American Heritage Media Coverage

 

An international spotlight has found Mobile with the 2018 discovery of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to enter the United States just north of the city. The schooner, Clotilda, smuggled African captives into the country in 1860, more than 50 years after the importation of enslaved humans was outlawed. Africatown, a community settled by the survivors after emancipation, is buzzing with energy as new light is being shed on the community’s history with this unprecedented discovery.

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

The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2022 | Smithsonian Magazine

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Resilient Small Town: Africatown, Alabama (pop. 2,000) Even after the United States outlawed the importation of enslaved labor in 1807,...

Alabama Finds Ways to Narrate Civil Rights History with New Cultural Sites | iNews

Friday, July 29, 2022

A Grim History Resurfaces Nowhere is this more palpable than in Mobile, a Gulf Coast city some 250 miles south of Birmingham. The city...

The Latest: Clotilda event celebrates science, renews hope| Vancouver Sun

Thursday, May 30, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. — The Latest on events commemorating the discovery of the wreckage of a slave ship in waters near Mobile, Alabama,...

Black History is American History: Travel Beyond Your Comfort Zone | Vacationer

Friday, February 04, 2022

The Clotilda 100 (Mobile, Alabama) But new experiences are not always roses and glitter. While in Mobile, Alabama, I met Darron...

Africatown celebrates Clotilda discovery| WKRG

Thursday, May 30, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Nearly 160 years after the Clotilda sank, it’s been found in the Mobile River. For descendants,...

Former Met Cleon Jones shares his incredible story in honor of Black History Month | YAHOO SPORTS

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, New York Met great Cleon Jones, who caught the last out of the 1969 World Series, shares his...

Africatown Museum Construction Begins | AL.com

Friday, February 19, 2021

The official start of the first major tourism attraction connected to the 2019 discovery of the last slave ship to enter the United...

Ten Innovators to Watch in 2021 | Smithsonian Magazine

Monday, January 25, 2021

These visionaries are imagining an exciting future with chicken-less eggs, self-piloting ships and more By Rasha Aridi...

Alabama's Africatown Hopes For Revival After Slave Ship Discovery | NPR

Monday, January 25, 2021

DEBBIE ELLIOTT The recent discovery of the remains of the last slave ship to the United States is bringing hope of revival to...

State of Alabama Commits $1 million to Clotilda Preservation| WKRG

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Posts by WKRG Staff">WKRG Staff Posted: Jul 16, 2020 / 06:28 PM CDT MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — The state of Alabama...

Expedition Hopes to Solve Mystery of 'Last American Slave Ship| National Geographic

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Archaeologists search a branch of the Mobile River for the sunken remains of the Clotilda, the last vessel to bring enslaved Africans...

Clotilda Slave Ship Descendant's Reunion | C-SPAN

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Descendants of the Clotilda, the last ship to bring slaves to North America, participated in a reunion called the “Spirit of Our...