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Evening Lecture:
Crime of Clotilda

May 12 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT


Natalie S. Robertson, PhD



Presenter: Historian Natalie S. Robertson, PhD
Adjunct professor at Hampton University

Dr. Natalie S. Robertson devoted 30 years of research, from Benin to Alabama, to share the story of Clotilda, the last American slave ship, and to tell the startling truth about the Clotilda smuggling crime. Her award-winning book, The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, USA: Spirit of Our Ancestors, chronicles Clotilda’s fateful, illegal smuggling voyage from point of capture in the West African interior to point of disembarkation in Mobile, Alabama, on the eve of the Civil War. 

Hear how Clotilda’s 110 West African captives survived their transatlantic ordeal, building their own Africa in America, nobly retaining the traditions and cultures of the land they left behind.

Check out NATGEO’s film “Clotilda: Last American Slave Ship,” featuring Dr. Robertson. Now on Hulu and Disney+, the film explores the vessel’s recent discovery in the Mobile River 162 years later.
Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to Dr. Robertson, and she will answer them after the lecture. A book signing follows the Q&A.


Attending in person?
This lecture is $10 for guests, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members
Watching remotely?
This lecture is free to watch online, and you may register below.

Evening Lecture:
Crime of Clotilda: A 30-Year Transatlantic Investigation
Thursday, May 12, 2022 • 7:00 PM (ET)

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

In person (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Free for Museum Members •
$10 for guests

Ticket includes one beverage. Mariners’ Café hors d’oeuvres boxes and cash bar are available.


Free to watch online

Purchase your copy of The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, USA
in the Museum’s Gift Shop or on AmazonSmile today!

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Go to and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice. Thank you!

Book signing following the lecture.

Image header credit: Clotilda, courtesy of National Geographic.

Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at: [email protected].

Can’t attend?
No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our
YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.



May 12
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT


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