Africatown, Alabama

History: The enslaved peoples arrived in the U.S. on board the Clotilda. The Clotilda was the last ship to make the transatlantic trip with enslaved Africans on board. This occurred long after the importation of enslaved peoples from Africa was banned. To hide the evidence, the ship was burned and sunk in the Mobile River. 

Harm: Environmental harms, land theft, destruction of historical sites, economic and vocational disparities, education, health

Reparation: Africatown C.H.E.S.S. exists to ensure that the Africatown community, in Mobile, Alabama is Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, & Sustainable. Our aim is to re-establish the unity in a neighborhood that once thrived as the example of the most loving and family-oriented atmosphere in the Deep South. Through projects geared towards beautifying our streets and homes, producing quality products and living standards, preserving the first public school for African-Americans in the state of Alabama, creating a community of watchmen, and retaining the culture and heritage of a nearly forgotten people – Africatown~C.H.E.S.S. will be the leading example of difference-makers in the historic Africatown area. AARN’s role: Using archival and genealogical research we are identifying and tracing the descendants of the enslaved peoples that arrived at Africatown in 1860 and are buried in the historic Plateau Cemetery. Alongside C.H.E.S.S. members, and the International Center of Transitional Justice, we are working to create a historic walking tour for the Africatown community. The inaugural lantern walk will take place in June in time for the 2022 High School graduation ceremonies!