Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cudjo Lewis (c. 1841-1935)


Cudjo Lewis, or Kazoola, was the last survivor of the Africans brought to Mobile illegally as slaves in 1859. He is shown here in his house in Plateau, now Africatown, just north of the old city's center in the late 1920s. He died in 1935, never forgetting his African home or ceasing to want to return to the land of his birth

Cudjo Lewis

Cudjo Lewis (ca. 1841-1935) was a founder of African Town (now Africatown) and was the last survivor of the Clotilda, the last ship to illegally transport captive Africans to the United States. Toward the end of his life, Lewis became famous when his story was published in a book and newspapers.

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