Dockside ceremony for Amistad schooner open to the public

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Discovering Amistad will hold a dockside ceremony on Monday welcoming the Amistad schooner.

Discovering Amistad is a new, non-profit organization that will provide full-year programming in classrooms and historic sites across Connecticut.

The organization will join New London Mayor Michael Passerno and the New London Maritime Society to welcome home the tall ship Amistad, which was restored last winter at Mystic Seaport.

The New London Maritime Society’s U.S Customs House Museum is home to a permanent exhibit for the schooner, called Amistad: A True Story of Freedom.

The 129 foot clipper is a replica of a 19th century slave ship seized by African captives who were jailed in New Haven. The ship is considered to be a symbol of America’s early anti-slavery movement.

The public ceremony will take place at the Amistad Pier in New London on Monday at 2:00pm.


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