National Geographic has announced a new documentary special, “Clotilda: Last American Slave Ship”.

This new documentary special is about the most intact slave shipwreck found to date and the only one for which we know the full story of the voyage, the passengers and their descendants. In July 1860, on a bet, the schooner Clotilda carried 110 kidnapped Africans to slavery in Alabama. The traffickers tried to hide their crime by burning and sinking the ship, but now, for the first time since Clotilda arrived in America, maritime archaeologists enter the wreck. In a dangerous dive, they explore the actual cargo hold and find physical evidence of the crime the slave traders tried so hard to hide. Descendants of the passengers share how their ancestors turned a cruel tragedy into an uplifting story of courage and resilience.

The special features experts include the following:

  • Dr. Sylviane Diouf, historian and author of “Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America”
  • Dr. Natalie S. Robertson, historian and author of “The Slave Shop Clotilda and the Making of Africatown, USA”
  • Mary Elliott, curator of American slavery, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Dr. James Delgado, maritime archaeologist, SEARCH Inc.
  • Stacye Hathorn, Alabama State archaeologist, Alabama Historical Commission
  • Joseph Grinnan, maritime archaeologist/diver, SEARCH, Inc.
  • Kamau Sadiki, lead instructor, Diving With a Purpose

“Clotilda: Last American Slave Ship” is produced by National Geographic Studios, with producer/director Lisa Feit, senior associate producer Alex Brady, senior lead editor Joe Bridgers, editor Liv Gwynn and executive producer Chad Cohen. Michael Cooke is the director of photography. For National Geographic, Courteney Monroe is president, Content.

This new special will debut in the United States on Monday 7th February 2022, 10/9c on National Geographic and it will be available to stream the next day on Hulu.  We should also expect this special to also eventually be released internationally on the National Geographic channel and on Disney+.

To go along with the documentary, there will also be a new six-part podcast series called, “Into the Depths”, and the National Geographic Magazine will also explore the complex history of the global slave trade and the stories of the estimated 12.5-million Africans forced to make the Middle Passage.


Roger Palmer

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