Amistad to try and attend New London festival

The schooner Amistad is docked in New Haven, July 11, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The organization that operates the replica slave ship Amistad says it “will exhaust every resource” to try and attend Sailfest in New London after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy threatened to reconsider supporting additional state funding for the group.

Malloy sent a letter Thursday to Hanifa Washington, the executive director of Amistad America Inc., saying the schooner should be made available to Connecticut residents. Nearly $400,000 is included for the ship in this year’s state budget.

Washington released a statement later in the day saying if the crew can satisfy maritime safety regulations, it will “gladly participate” in the festival.

Washington previously said preparing for the Coast Guard inspection and what she described as hostile local newspaper reports prompted the decision to withdraw from this weekend’s festival.

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