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Main | Africatown Update - Mapping History »

Alliance Institute and National Geographic collaboration around Africatown Connections on the Blueway - and the discovery of the Clotilda.

In 2018, the sunken slave ship Clotilda was discovered in the Bay of Mobile, Alabama, described and pictured in a National Geographic magazine. Its last journey carried hostages from what is now Benin to this southern port in the midst of the American Civil War.  By the late 1860’s, these Benin refugees had come together to found the free Africatown settlement where they spoke Yoruba and kept their native customs for decades. Africatown is now recognized as a historical monument.  

The Africatown Connections Blueway, along 10 miles of the Chickasaw Creek ending at Africatown USA State Park in Prichard, Alabama, is being developed as a cultural and recreational treasure. The first phase of the project is completed: identifying the 15 sites that will form the Blueway. There are plans for a visitor center, a tech center, water- based activities and two museums, one of which would highlight Benin, its contributions, traditions, and society.  Beyond tourism, the Alliance Institute hopes to establish strong commercial and cultural ties between Benin and Africatown. 

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