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“Descendant” is a 2022 documentary about the past and present history of the Clotilda and Africatown. The Clotilda was a slave ship that illegally transported what is believed to be the last group of kidnapped Africans to America. After the Civil War, the group settled in an area of Alabama near where they first arrived and established a Black settlement that would come to be called Africatown. The documentary tells the story of the survivors of the Clotilda and follows their descendants’ fight to maintain control of their town and legacy when the ship’s remains are finally located.
Summary “Song Yet Sung” by James McBride is in part a story about the Underground Railroad. But it’s also about much more. The story takes place in 1850 about a…
“Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire” by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines tells the story of an entrepreneur who became the first or one of the first Black millionaires in America. A.G. Gaston was the grandson of slaves and came of age at a time when many Black people in the South were struggling as a result of the end of Reconstruction and the emergence of Jim Crow. Seeing a bleak future working in mining, Gaston began to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to provide services to co-workers and later the broader community. This knack for seeing a need and filling it would result in a sprawling business empire that would also provide support for the Civil Rights Movement.
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