Lawmaker wants state to bail out Amistad creditors

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker wants the state to bail out about 20 people and businesses in the state that are owed about $270,000 by a now-defunct organization that operated Connecticut’s official flagship, the Amistad schooner.
Democratic Rep. Diana Urban, of North Stonington, is proposing a bill for the 2017 legislative session calling for the state to borrow money to pay Connecticut-based creditors of Amistad America.

The group went into state receivership and was dissolved last year after running up $2 million in debt. A new organization is operating the vessel.
The 129-foot Baltimore clipper is a replica of a slave ship seized by African captives in 1839. They were jailed in New Haven, but won their freedom in a landmark case that began in Connecticut and ended in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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