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Re: Black Sailor Stories and the Pacific

Thanks for your Black sailor stories. Perhaps you have heard of the "African Relief Society" in Honolulu sometime in the late 1820s and mid 1830s. Marc Scruggs mentions in his chapter in Jackson's "They Followed the Trade Winds" that " Allen's place was the site for"a great parade... of the African Relief Society' in 1832. There were enough sailors of African descent in Honolulu
during this period that such a society met a serious need by destitute and ill Black sailors who were left behind by their captains or had jumped ship to stay in Hawaii. Many were former slaves, runaway slaves from U.S., Caribbean and Africa (mostly Cape Verde.)

Miles M. Jackson

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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