Winner of the 2007 Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association, the 2009 G. Sulzby Award of the Alabama Historical Association and a 2008 finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, this acclaimed volume tells the moving story of the last listed group of Africans deported to the United States as slaves–over fifty years after the United States abolished the international slave trade. Sylviane A. Diouf reconstructs the lives of 110 men, women, and children from Benin and Nigeria who have been brought ashore in Alabama in 1860 under cover of night, recounting their catch and passing in the slave pen in Ouidah, and describing their experience of slavery alongside American-born enslaved women and men. After emancipation, the group bought property reunited from plantations, and founded their own settlement, known as African Town. They spoke their own language ruled it based on customary African laws and, when giving interviews, insisted that authors use their African names so that their families would understand they were alive. African Town is still home to a community of Clotilda descendants.
- Dreams of Africa in Alabama The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of this Last Africans Brought to America