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Mobile, Alabama
Understanding the Legacy of American Slavery

With NEH support, faculty at Spring Hill College hosted a professional development workshop for K–12 educators exploring the history and legacy of Mobile’s Africatown community. The virtual workshop focused on Mobile, Alabama, where in 1860 the slave ship Clotilda carried the last enslaved persons imported to the United States from West Africa. After the end of the Civil War and their emancipation, 32 of those captives purchased land on the outskirts of Mobile and founded Africatown, a diaspora community that remains inhabited by their descendants today. Participants left the program with a deeper appreciation for the experiences of Africatown’s founding generation, the resilience of the diaspora community that continues to persist in Mobile today, and pedagogical strategies for addressing difficult topics.

“I have a deeper knowledge of the subject of slavery. I now realize that the story of slavery must begin with the individuals who were enslaved, [exploring] their homes and cultures from Africa.”

–2020 program participant

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