This Sunday: Custom House Marks 175th Anniversary of the US Supreme Court Decision that Set the Amistad Africans Free

Join NLMS head docent Bill LaRoue and guest art historian Laura Macaluso for talks and presentations this Sunday, March 6th at 2pm at the Custom House Maritime Museum. The event is FREE for NLMS members and is included with the $7 museum admission for all others.

The presentation will include an overview of the Amistad story and a look at Amistad-inspired artwork created over the course of 175 years.

Ms. Macaluso’s new book, Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinque will be published later this month, and she will share examples of murals, paintings, prints and quilts, demonstrating the enduring appeal and cultural importance of the Amistad story to generations of Americans–and beyond.
For more information, visit the New London Maritime Society’s webpage.

One of six murals by Hale Woodruff in a series called Rising Up, depicting the trial that followed the uprising on the Amistad and commissioned in 1938 to commemorate the 1867 founding of Talladega College and “celebrate its success as one of the nation’s first all-black colleges.” The murals portray “heroic efforts to resist slavery as well as moments in the history of the college, which opened in 1867 to serve the educational needs of a new population of freed slaves.”
One of six murals by Hale Woodruff in a series called Rising Up, depicting the trial that followed the uprising on the Amistad and commissioned in 1938 to commemorate the 1867 founding of Talladega College and “celebrate its success as one of the nation’s first all-black colleges.” The murals portray “heroic efforts to resist slavery as well as moments in the history of the college, which opened in 1867 to serve the educational needs of a new population of freed slaves.”

–from the blog U.S. Slave