New London Maritime Society Presents 'AMISTAD: Revolt to Freedom' 5/20-22
Celebrate the arrival of the Freedom Schooner Amistad on its official entry to the United States from Cuba. The ship is following the original path of La Amistad, which arrived in New London in 1839!AMISTAD: Revolt to Freedom
A Remembrance of Victims of Slavery
and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Thursday through Saturday, May 20-22. Click HERE for details.
Working with Amistad America, Inc., Barbara Neff & the City of New London, Jane Glover & Kente Cultural Center, and Nadesha Mijoba & Provenance Center, there will be three days with special Amistad events in New London.
The ship sails into New London on Thursday, May 20 between 4 & 5 PM. You may visit the ship, FREE of charge, on New London's Amistad Pier Thursday from 5 to 6 PM, and all day Friday and Saturday.
Join us to WELCOME the Amistad
The reception for Amistad America takes place at the Custom House Maritime Museum and you're invited to be there!
Thursday, May 20 at 6 PM beneath the Water Street tent:
Drumming by Dwight Baldwin
Singing by Nzinga's Daughters
Openings for two exhibitions:
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
Amistad photographs of Wojtek Wacowski
This special reception is sponsored by Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
The Amistad program continues indoors at 7:30 with limited seating, but there is no charge.
Call 860-447-2501 or email click HERE to a reserve your place.
James Walvin, speaks on 'Why we should remember--and treasure--the Amistad.'
Greg Belanger, director and CEO of Amistad America, tells of the Amistad's spring's voyage to Cuba, Haiti, & the Dominican Republic.
James Walvin is Professor of History Emeritus at University of York. He is the author or editor of thirty books. These include Black Presence: A Documentary History of the Negro in England (1971), Black and White: The Negro and English Society, the winner of the 1975 Martin Luther King Memorial Prize and was described by the New York Times as one of the ` "Notable Books of the Year," and forthcoming: The Slave Trade, (2010), and The Zong, one ship in the age of slavery, (2011). He just received a fellowship at Yale University for the Fall of 2010.
Thanks to the Connecticut Humanities Council for awarding us a grant to assist our installation of the Amistad: A True Story of Freedom exhibition in the Showalter Gallery and for sponsorship of James Walvin, and musical guests Dwight Baldwin and Nzinga's Daughters.
The exhibit was a generous gift from the Connecticut Historical Society.
We'd also like to thank PFIZER for ongoing supporting our Amistad programs.