Listen: Africa, Tilda, Clo- Tilda discussed on On The Media
"Alabama also known as Africa towns. Muddy shoreline. The last sleigh shift to bring human cargo human cargo from Africa to the US has resurfaced almost one hundred sixty years after a disappeared just north of mobile van environmental and investigative reporter Ben Raines believes this is the resting place of the co- Tilda the last ship to bring slaves from Africa to North America. And seeing this sort of dinosaur backbone ridge coming up out of the water with all these giant iron spikes, and then charred wood at I just had this overwhelming feeling of that's the final resting place of the KLA Tilda last January. It was reported across the globe fifty two years after the banning of the international slave trade. A few men launched ship on a bet to Benin to buy more than one hundred slaves from the king of Dahomey. That's did the clo- Tilda ferry the last shipment of so-called black ivory to our shores. And then was ditched and burned in mobile. Bay most likely in the summer of eighteen sixty they really found that ship upon further study now, so of course, I'm a little disappointed. It's better to be the guy who found the ship than I feel like a month before the Clotilde was briefly found quest love celebrated DJ and drummer for the roots whose first name is Amir was exploring his roots on PBS with the historian Henry Louis gates and was gobsmacked by a revelation now Amir this is an article published in the newspaper called the tar borough southerner on July fourteenth, eighteen sixty schooner Clotilde with Africans arrived in mobile bay today. Steamboat immediately took them up the river. It's the last known slave ship to come to America. Your family settled less than two miles from an area. Amir you ready for this known as Africa town, which was founded by survivors of the Clotilde. I'm frozen. Every African American than we now wants to know where in Africa they came from. And then how they came here. You are the only African American I've ever met who can name the ship. I'm on the absolute last ship. That ever. Came here. Quest loves third. Great grandparents were Charlie and Maggie Louis both born in Africa, Charlie's brother was cudgel Lewis. Also, a survivor of the KLA Tilda, the famed novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale hurston landed on Joe's doorstep in one thousand nine hundred twenty seven when he was eighty six quote of all the millions transported from Africa to the Americas. Only one man is left which brings us to the third story that launched our trip to Alabama. It happened just before we pack our bags hurston Spock Farrakhan, the story of the last black cargo was published nine years after she wrote it it's cudgels story told her over three months on his terms and in his dialect how the brothers Tim, Jim and burns mayor who bet on the smuggling of slaves and William foster who can. Captained the Clotilde divided up the captives after their blood soaked abduction and harrowing voyage through the middle. Passage captain, Tim Mayer. He took a thirty two of us. This is from the barracuda. Audiobook narrated by Robin miles. We seven days crossed the water from the Africa. So well. Potus from one you can't help that crap. Well, Viking wanted the publish the book but wanted hurston to as they put it right in language rather than dilate, and she was not inclined to do that, Deborah. Jeep plant is a scholar absorb Neil hurston work and the editor of barracuda. She says there may have been other reasons it never saw print. It was the depression. Langston Hughes writes in his autobiography that the negro was no longer invoke. And then there's also the fact that Hurson had never published a book before, but I think it's really deeper than that at the time. Some African American writers decried hurston use of dialect, Richard. Wright said it was a sop to white audiences to make negro life seem quaint. But plant says that for an anthropologist language is a crucial lens into culture and character. And that's. Deny could Joe Louis. His voice would have been just another act of historical erasure. Talking now. You go home and come back. You fat talking with you all. Kingmaking garden, you won't know too much. You asked so many questions. Go home. The black vernacular was not his mother tongue. He spoke some dialect of Europe. That was his first language he has to learn this other language so that he can negotiate a world that was hostile to him anytime. People of different languages are trying to communicate they'll create a lingua franca pidgin language now when a generation comes that speaks that language as his first language, then it's a Creole. So there is a blending in the case of Atlantic. Creoles a blending of the grammatical structure of a west African language system with the lexicon of a European language system. And it is the grammar that's the most important part. The grammar is what determines a person's condition the mental makeup. This is why when you blend the grammar with the lexicon, you have this combined language of sorts, but you still have an African worldview could you give me an example of how his Creel reflected. A west African view. Sure, the west African languages have November to be. And so when Costello says my name is not couture. Louis it Khosla. He doesn't say it is it Khosla because in that world view. There is no need to state a ham. You are he she it is. It's a given your presence is a given. You being is given it doesn't have to be stated this already apparent because you're right. They're looking at me. And yet he was hauled off to a place where his existence needed to be reaffirmed by others all the time. Yes. Welcome on here. Got cocaine. The Africans the Tilda were denied Justice. So they made their own. We don't want to steal neither get it drunk. Neither hurt nobody. We speak to a man what do wrong town. They were denied restitution for the theft of their freedom and labor TM you brought us from our."