MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Officials in Mobile have taken a step toward establishing a long-delayed state park at the settlement established by African captives who were brought to Alabama aboard the last slave ship known to land in the United States. reports Mobile County commissioners have authorized a contract for a study to determine whether it would be feasible to develop Africatown USA State Park. Such a project was first discussed in the 1980s but nothing ever happened.

Freed slaves who crossed the ocean on the Clotilda established Africatown USA north of Mobile after the Civil War. Interest in the area has been high since remains of the ship were discovered in 2018.