Richardson: Africatown Survival Story Warrants Recognition

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - One week after it was revealed, the story of the possible discovery of the last known slave ship to bring slaves from Africa to America is still getting attention.

City Councilman Fred Richardson says he would like to see a replica of the ship built and the story of Africatown receive further recognition as a survival story.

Two men who produce a regular Facebook live broadcast were at the Africatown Cemetary for part of their online show.  

Mario Yow says he was surprised that any part of the ship might still be around.

"Because I believe the year was, what, 1859.  I would have thought it would be disintegrated by now."

His partner, James Jackson, said the possible finding of the ship is validation for the descendants of survivors.

"Here we are at the headstone of Cudjoe Kazoola Lewis, the last survivor of the Clotilda.  To see this moment man is priceless," he said.

Reporter Ben Raines revealed last week he discovered the wreckage that he believes to be the Clotilda in late December during a period of extreme low tide in the Mobile Delta.  The ship was believed to have brought between 110 and 150 slaves from the African Kingdom of Dehomey, known now as Benin.  


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