The Amelia Island Museum of History will host Dr. Jonathan Bryant’s presentation “Dark Places of the Earth: Voyages of the Slave Ship Antelope” for its August “3rd on 3rd” lecture on August 18, 2023 at 6 p.m.
Admission is $5 for Museum Members with a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis.
For more information contact Jarrett Hill at 904-261-7378 x102 or Jarrett@AmeliaMuseum.org.
"On the afternoon of June 29, 1820, Federal authorities spotted a ship drifting off the northern coast of Florida. A U.S. revenue cutter was dispatched to board the vessel, inspect its commission, and to inquire as to the captain’s intentions. Once aboard, Federal authorities discovered that the ship, The Antelope, held nearly three hundred chained Africans that were intended for sale on the southern market. Because participation in the slave trade was a federal crime, the ship was escorted to Savannah, where its African captives were taken into U.S. custody to await a decision that would determine whether their future would be one of slavery or of freedom." (Excerpted from an overview The Antelope at the National Archives at Atlanta.)
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