From Clotilda to Community: The History of Mobile, Alabama's Africatown




Mobile, AL


June 19-23, 2023; June 26-30; 2023


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



On July 9, 1860, the Clotilda arrived in Mobile, Alabama. On board were 110 enslaved Africans transported directly from West Africa. They were the last enslaved persons imported to the United States, after the transatlantic slave trade was outlawed in 1808. Following the end of the Civil War, 32 of the 110 purchased land just outside of Mobile and founded Africatown, a diaspora community that remains inhabited to this day. The workshop will draw attention to the experiences of Africatown’s founding generation and their resilience in creating a diaspora community. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with past and current residents and descendants.

Project Director(s)

Joe'l Billingsley; Ryan Noble

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Sylviane Diouf; Natalie Robertson; Nic Wood; Andrew Wegmann; Christy Garrison Harrison; Kenja McCray

Grantee Institution

Spring Hill College

Funded through the Division of Education Programs