The City of New London, Custom House Maritime Museum
Kente Cultural Center, & Provenance Center
cordially invite you to
AMISTAD: REVOLT TO FREEDOM
A Remembrance of Victims of Slavery
and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
On Thursday, May 20, three days with Amistad events begin when the Freedom Schooner Amistad sails into New London harbor, marking the end of its historic recreation of La Amistad’s original 1839 voyage from Havana, Cuba to New London, Conn.
That same evening the Custom House opens the exhibition Amistad: A True Story of Freedom, created by the Connecticut Historical Society, & an exhibition of Amistad photographs by Wojtek Wacowski.
Please join us May 20 to celebrate!
Festivities begin at 6. James Walvin, of the University of York, will speak at 7:30. Prof. Walvin's talk will be: Why we should remember --and honor--the Amistad. Seating for the talk is extremely limited, so please call the Custom House at 860-447-2501 as soon as possible if you wish to attend.
Hope to see you there!
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).
We congratulate Amistad America for their work as Connecticut Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador. The exhibition & Prof. Walvin's presentation are sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council. The award-winning exhibition was a gift from the Connecticut Historical Society.
The May 20 Amistad Welcome party is sponsored by Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Thank you, all!