Thu 18 Mar, 2010
Tags: Cuba, Schooner Amistad, Traces of the Trade, Tracing Center
It’s official: The Amistad will sail to Cuba next week.
The schooner Amistad, the replica of the famous ship which experienced a slave revolt in 1839 and a subsequent court case, will sail to Cuba next week for a ten-day visit at the conclusion of its 2010 Caribbean Heritage Tour.
Amistad is scheduled to arrive in Cuba on March 22. The vessel will first visit Matanzas, a port that is closely associated with slavery in Cuba and the site of a UNESCO-sponsored slavery museum. On March 25, Amistad will sail to Havana for a week-long port call and a variety of public events.
The Amistad‘s visit to Cuba coincides with the United Nation’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on March 25. Activities will include a three-hour simulcast to the United Nations in New York. This will also be the tenth anniversary of the launching of the replica Amistad from Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
Those of us associated with Traces of the Trade and the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery are proud to be partnered with Amistad America in support of this tour.