A little more than a week after Environmental Reporter Ben Raines revealed on AL.com that he may have found the remains of the last slave ship to America in the Mobile Delta, a descendant of the last survivor of the ship is hoping it’s her.

Emmett Lewis is a great-grandson of Cudjoe Lewis, who is buried in the Plateau-Africatown Cemetery.  He was visiting the cemetery where his father is also buried.  He said he’s heard the story of the Clotilda, her survivors, and his ancestors his entire life.  And he says he was listening to the stories.

“I’m glad they found that ship, it brought joy to my heart,” says Lewis.

It is still not confirmed that the ship Raines found during a period of an unusually low tide in the Delta is the Clotilda.  But signs are good that it is said Raines.  It was set afire in 1860 in an attempt to destroy her and hide evidence that men from Mobile had transported as many as 110 slaves from Africa to Mobile, which was illegal at the time.  But it would only have burned to the water line and Raines says it’s possible that the lower decks could be encased in mud and preserved.

Lewis says he hopes if the ship can be excavated, he hopes it remains with the Africatown community.

“I want everyone to see it.  I want every child that runs around this community to be able to take field trips from the school and someone go there and explain to them what that is and what it means to this community,” said Lewis.