ALABAMA TO EXTRACT ARTIFACTS FROM LAST US SLAVE SHIP

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By JAY REEVES
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The state of Alabama says it’s providing artifacts from the last slave ship to dock in the United States for a special exhibition.

The Alabama Historical Commission said Tuesday an exhibit named for the slave ship Clotilda will open this fall in Mobile, where the schooner arrived in 1860.

The artifacts include pieces of wood and metal taken from a river bottom where the ship was discovered.

The city is working on plans for a new facility to house the exhibition.

The wooden ship illegally transported 110 people from West Africa to Alabama, where they became slaves.

The freed people later settled in a community called Africatown.

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3/10/2020 5:09:36 PM (GMT -5:00)

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