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A Slave Ship’s Journey From West Africa To Maryland

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The details we know of the voyage made by the sailing merchant ship Margaret in 1718 only hint at what the enslaved Africans on board must have felt. When the Margaret reached Annapolis, she was met by James Carroll, cousin of the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and of America’s first Roman Catholic bishop. Carroll’s ledgerlists the sale of most of the Africans.

Morgan State historian Herbert Brewerexplains how the voyage played into Maryland’s economy and what it meant for those on board. Dr. Brewer will be speaking tomorrow the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. Information here.

Learn more about the Margaret here

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