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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Monday, June 1, 2015

Wreck Of A 221-Year-Old Slave Ship Is Confirmed Off South Africa

For some time, researchers suspected that the São José-Paquete de Africa, a Portuguese slave ship, was lost in 1794 off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. But only now, after years of painstaking work, have they finally confirmed it.
Iron ballast recovered from the São José slave ship wreck was used to weigh down the ship and its human cargo.
Courtesy of Iziko Museums
Iron ballast recovered from the São José slave ship wreck was used to weigh down the ship and its human cargo. Courtesy of Iziko Museums hide caption
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Iron ballast recovered from the São José slave ship wreck was used to weigh down the ship and its human cargo.
Drawing on archival records from Portugal, diagnostic tests from material gathered during dives at the wreck site and even the captain's account of the ship, a team of researchers from a group called the Slave Wrecks Project has verified the São José's deadly end. Remnants from that ship, which picked up slaves in Mozambique and transported them to Brazil, will be loaned to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, or NMAAHC, for an exhibition set to open next year called "Slavery and Freedom."
In a statement, Lonnie Bunch, founding director of NMAAHC, said, "Perhaps the single greatest symbol of the trans-Atlantic slave trade is the ships that carried millions of captive Africans across the Atlantic never to return."  The Two-Way : NPR

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