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The anniversary of the Wanderer's landing

The public is invited to attend the 150th anniversary of the Wanderer's landing and the unveiling of a sculpture to honor the event.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: St. Andrews picnic area on Jekyll's south end.

Who: The Darien Shouters. Amir Jamal Touré, a "living historian." Denise Fields, founder of a traveling exhibit on African-American history and culture. Erik Calonius, author of "The Wanderer: The Last American Slave Ship and the Conspiracy that Set Its Sails." Relatives of one of the slaves.

The Wanderer may have been the last slave ship to reach U.S. shores, although that distinction remains in dispute. It was, at least, the last documented slave ship to land in Georgia.

The little-known story of the Wanderer will finally be commemorated Tuesday with the unveiling of a sculpture on Jekyll, an island better known for the lavish lifestyle of white industrialists and bankers than the black slaves forced upon its shores.

Denise Fields, a community activist in nearby Brunswick and founder of a traveling museum of African-American history, likens the memorial to Plymouth Rock. Coastal Georgia, she said, does a poor job of honoring the history and the heritage of its black forefathers.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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