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Archaeologists from the University of West Florida say a storm in the Mobile, Alabama, area may have unearthed the Clotilda, the last known illegal United States slave ship. Historians like Sylviane Anna Diouf said the Clotilda arrived at Twelve Mile Island on the Mobile River in July of 1860, more than 50 years after the importaton of slaves was prohibted in the U.S. The ship was constructed five years prior by Mobile captain and shipbuilder William Foster, originally intended for trade within the U.S. Mobile businessman Timothy Meaher bought the ship and hired Foster to captain a voyage to a country in West Africa that is now known as Benin, with the intention of illegally transporting Africans into the Mobile Bay as part of a bet with friends that he could do it without being caught by federal officials.




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After a rocky but successful four-month voyage, the Africans were transported to a second ship and, out of fear of being caught, Foster allegedly set the Clotilda on fire and sunk it, Raines reported. Earlier in January, low tides were brought on by winds that pushed water from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta northward to expose the wreckage.


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Some descendants of the ship still live in Africatown, a historic community three miles north of downtown Mobile. Bratten said a potential excavation would include the input of the descendant community.
In a November episode of the documentary television series "Finding Your Roots," Questlove, the drummer for Jimmy Fallon's "The Tonight Show" band and the hip hop group the Roots, learned his ancestors came to America on the Clotilda.

"All types of emotions are running through my head," Questlove said on the show. "I feel sad, I feel angered, I feel confused. I feel lucky."

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-07 09:01 PM | Reply

Could be connected to National Signing Day and Crimson Tide - www.si.com

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-08 12:10 AM | Reply

Slave ships were horrific. Slaves were crammed into pens suffering almost unimaginable conditions. When one died they were uncerimoniously tossed overboard. When being lead to the slave ship many slaves would attempt to break from the chain-gang and commit suicide via drowning. The chain-gang had to have poles separating the slaves otherwise they would strangle one another to death out of compassion. Slavers initially bound their hands behind their backs to prevent this but the slaves would use their legs and feet to kill one of their comrades, which necessitated the use of poles to keep them sufficiently separated.

The human capacity for cruelty is mortifying.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-08 11:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Which confederate -------- gets to build a statue honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest from this ship's remains?

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-02-08 03:55 PM | Reply

Wow, what an incredible story.

#5 | Posted by cbob at 2018-02-08 04:25 PM | Reply

But blacks should just "put it behind" them and accept that their inferior position economically and socially in this country today has "nothing to do" with that time. Right?

#6 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-08 05:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"In returning I read a very different book, published by an honest Quaker, on that execrable sum of all villanies, commonly called the Slave-trade"

John Wesley founder of Methodism.


#7 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-08 06:16 PM | Reply

Wreck of Last Slave Ship to U.S. May Be Found

Slave Ship? Fake news!!

Wreck of Last Job Opportunities and a Better Future Ship to U.S. May Be Found.

Why do you all hate America so much?


#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-02-08 06:48 PM | Reply

The families of the people who most benefited from slavery are the ones ruling over the nation today.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-02-08 06:52 PM | Reply

Clownshack I suspect most of the richest families in America today don't have any ancestors who were in America when slavery was legal.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-08 06:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1



But blacks should just "put it behind" them and accept that their inferior position economically and socially in this country today has "nothing to do" with that time. Right?

So whites today should be exacted revenge upon for something they or probably none of their ancestors had anything to do with?

So you tell me Whodaman, what else can be possibly done in today's society to right this wrong?

I do admit, there are vestibules of slavery that do affect my race today, but the country has made many strides to try to right those wrongs made in our past. Continuing to seek retribution is only dividing our nation even more.

#11 | Posted by boaz at 2018-02-09 07:46 AM | Reply

"So you tell me Whodaman, what else can be possibly done in today's society to right this wrong?"

It is at least a discussion worth having, surely. And why think in terms of revenge rather than restoration? If you wrong someone and try to make it right, painful though the process may be, your relationship with that person will be better for your having done so. Why wouldn't this apply to groups as well as individuals?

#12 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-02-09 12:02 PM | Reply

No one alive today wronged anyone by slavery.

#13 | Posted by homerj at 2018-02-09 03:58 PM | Reply

@13 why are righties so stupid?
In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims. Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-09 04:05 PM | Reply

"I do admit, there are vestibules of slavery that do affect my race today"

What you talkin bout Willis?

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-09 04:12 PM | Reply

No one alive today wronged anyone by slavery.

#13 | Posted by homerj

Ignorance is bliss, eh homer?

According to American professor Kevin Bales, co-founder and former president of Free the Slaves, modern slavery occurs "when a person is under control of another person, who applies violence and force to maintain that control, and the goal of that control is exploitation".[9] According to this definition, research from the Walk Free Foundation based on its Global Slavery Index 2016 estimated that there were about 45.8 million slaves around the world in 2016, with 58% of them living in the top five countries -- India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan.[9] Of these 45.8 million, it is estimated that around 10 million of these contemporary slaves are children.[10] Bales warned that, because slavery is officially abolished everywhere, the practice is illegal, and thus more hidden from the public and authorities. This makes it impossible to obtain exact figures from primary sources. The best that can be done is estimate based on secondary sources, such as UN investigations, newspaper articles, government reports, and figures from NGOs.[9]

Modern slavery can be quite profitable[13] and corrupt governments tacitly allow it, despite it being outlawed by international treaties such as Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery and local laws. Total annual revenues of traffickers were estimated in 2004 to range from US $5 billion to US $9 billion,[14] though profits are substantially lower. American slaves in 1809 were sold for around the equivalent of US$40,000 in today's money.[15] Today, a slave can be bought for $90.[15] The conscription of child soldiers by some governments is often viewed as a form of government-endorsed slavery.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-09 04:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

^..... en.wikipedia.org

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-09 04:53 PM | Reply

The fact that this excursion began due to a parlor bet... humans can be so evil to each other.

#18 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-10 12:13 PM | Reply

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