The University of South Alabama Distinguished Lecture Series presents The Clotilda
The annual Distinguished Lecture Series is a series of six monthly lectures on topics of interest by recognized experts. These lectures are held October through March and are free and open to the public. Registration is requested so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.
As featured on the latest cover of National Geographic, the Clotilda was the last known U.S. slave ship to arrive in the United States, bringing 160 African captives to Mobile in 1860. Because the import of slaves had been outlawed, the ship was burned to hide evidence. After emancipation, many of the former captives remained in the area and settled Africatown, which continues today. This presentation will discuss the years-long quest to find the remains of the ship, explore the strength, ingenuity, and heroism of the survivors and the meaning of finding the remnants the ship for their descendants.
Stacye Hathorn, State Archaeologist, Alabama Historical Commission
Dr. Joel Lewis Billingsly, Associate Professor, University of South Alabama and descendant of Cudjo Lewis, Africantown leader.
Dates and Time: Thursday, February 27, 7:00 8:30 pm
Location: Gulf Shores Cultural Center Auditorium, 19470 Oak Road West (County Road 6)
There is no fee to attend, but please register so we can notify you of any changes.