Zora’s work will be felt for years in the works of many generations of writers.”
– Edwidge Danticat
A major literary event: a newly published work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Alice Walker, brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.
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Their Eyes Were Watching God is required reading in high schools and colleges and cited as a formative influence by Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. It’s been canonized by Harold Bloom — even credited …

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In 1927, a man in Alabama–the last survivor of the last known ship ever to bring enslaved humans from Africa to the U.S.–received a visitor. A young anthropologist, working on her first big …

image: Armed guards watch a slave being whipped outside a slave enclosure in this 1850 drawing. RISCHGITZ/GETTY IMAGES Guests discuss Barracoon on this podcast Dana Williams Professor of African …

Between the Lines: Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium New …

Interview with Deborah G. Plant, editor of Barracoon