Africatown

Location: Mobile, Alabama

“Africatown, also known as AfricaTown USA and Plateau, is a historic community located three miles (5 km) north of downtown Mobile, Alabama. It was formed by West Africans who in 1860 were among the last known illegal shipment of slaves to the United States from Africa, after the Atlantic slave trade had been banned. These people created their own community in this area. They retained their West African customs and language for many years following the American Civil War. The last survivor of the group lived until 1935.” (map.roadtrippers)

“In 2018, the National Museum of African American History and Culture joined the effort to locate the Clotilda through the Slave Wrecks Project. The museum and SWP participated in support of the Alabama Historical Commission in archaeological work and in designing a way to involve the community of Africatown in the process of preserving the memory of the Clotilda and the legacy of slavery and freedom in Alabama. Many of the residents of Africatown are descendants of the Africans who were trafficked to Alabama on the Clotilda and have preserved the memory of its historyThe museum continues to work directly with the descendant community in Africatown and develops educational, preservation, and outreach opportunities with the community” (National Museum of African Art).

Resources

Diouf, Sylviane. Dreams of Africa in Alabama. The Story of the Lost Africans Brought to America. Oxford University, 2009.