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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 a group of 32 West Africans who in 1860 were included in the last known illegal shipment of slaves to the United States. The Atlantic slave trade had been banned since 1808, but 110 enslaved people held by the Kingdom of Dahomey were smuggled into Mobile on the Clotilda, which was burned and scuttled to try to conceal its illicit cargo. More than 30 of these people, believed to be ethnic Yoruba and Fon , founded and created their own community in what became Africatown. They retained their West African customs and language into the 1950s, while their children and some elders also learned English. Cudjo Kazoola Lewis, a founder of Africatown, lived until 1935 and was long thought to be the last survivor of the slaves from the Clotilda.

 

What We Do

The Clotilda Descendants Association, Inc., is dedicated to preserving the history and well-being of the Africatown Community our forefathers worked so hard to create.

We are totally committed to carrying on their legacy through continuous community involvement, education of future generations of descendants and keeping our ancestor’s dreams of prosperity alive.

To accomplish this, we will work with and support our equally dedicated partners to bring Africatown new housing development, technological ideas to sustain it, renewed community pride and an undying passion to ensure it lives on forever.

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The Clotilda Descendants Association, Inc., is dedicated to preserving the history and well-being of the Africatown Community our forefathers worked so hard to create.

A Letter from Us

The promise of the Clotilda Descendants Association is to never let the world forget the resiliency of those 110 brave African men, women and – yes – children crammed nakedly and against their will into the cargo hold of a ship in 1860 for a two-month long journey to Mobile … a trip that was merely for the amusement of a wealthy white slave owner.

 That saga changed the lives of those people (yes, they WERE PEOPLE) whom, despite it all, five years later built their own community and shaped it to resemble that beloved homeland they would never see again.

Now, WE …  their proud descendants, our many friends and partners … are united to ensure that the Africatown Community they built lives on FOREVER!

We will accomplish this by commemorating and educating the world of sacrifices our ancestors made, to underscore the importance of never ceasing to strive for a better life.

We descendants will give back to the Africatown Community with … among many other things … mentoring, providing scholarships and maintaining community pride.

“Beeni o je!”
(Yoruban for “So be it!”)

 

Clotilda Descendants Association

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