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African Town

4 January, 2022

Book cover. The title is African Town and it also says inspired by the true story of the last american slave ship. Water covers most of the cover with a boat in the background. In the foreground is the silhouette of a Black person. African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

In 1860, long after the United States outlawed the importation of enslaved laborers, 110 men, women and children from Benin and Nigeria were captured and brought to Mobile, Alabama aboard a ship called Clotilda. Their journey includes the savage Middle Passage and being hidden in the swamplands along the Alabama River before being secretly parceled out to various plantations, where they made desperate attempts to maintain both their culture and also fit into the place of captivity to which they’d been delivered. At the end of the Civil War, the survivors created a community for themselves they called African Town, which still exists to this day. Told in 14 distinct voices, including that of the ship that brought them to the American shores and the founder of African Town, this powerfully affecting historical novel-in-verse recreates a pivotal moment in US and world history, the impacts of which we still feel today. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads


4 January, 2022
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