Replica of historic slave ship, The Amistad, open to tours in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A ship important to New Haven is docked at Long Wharf once again.

The Amistad is back and open to tours. It’s a newly renovated replica of the slave ship. It set sail in 1839.

Captives from Sierra Leone took control of the ship and landed in New London. After that happened, Connecticut courts decided that the slaves onboard were free and not property.

“The battle was, are they property or are they human beings, and the New Haven community came together and said these are people and these are free men and it ended up going to the Supreme Court and they agreed,” said Matthew Nemerson with the City of New Haven.

Tours will start up again Sunday at 11 a.m.

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