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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Slave Ship Found by Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History

Scheduled to open in 2016, the SNMAAH is under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Until then, you should visit  African American  gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History.


Feeling Rebloggy


Researchers for SNMAAH recently found a sunken slave ship for their collection. 


"On Dec. 3, 1794, a Portuguese slave ship left Mozambique, on the east coast of Africa, for what was to be a 7,000-mile voyage to Maranhão, Brazil, and the sugar plantations that awaited its cargo of 500 black men and women.

In the end, their journey [was cut short. It] lasted only 24 days.

Buffeted by strong winds, the ship, the São José Paquete Africa, rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope and came apart violently on two reefs not far from Cape Town and only 100 yards from shore, but in deep, turbulent water. The Portuguese captain, crew and half of the slaves survived. An estimated 212 slaves did not, and perished in the sea."
- NY TIMES


Read More About The Discovery/Slideshow
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/01/world/africa/tortuous-history-traced-in-sunken-slave-ship-found-off-south-africa.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone




Smithsonian African American Museum Groundbreaking - Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III
And researchers for SNMAAH have found a sunken slave ship for their collection.