Annual Distinguished Lecture Series

The annual Distinguished Lecture Series is a series of six monthly lectures on topics of interest by recognized experts.  These lectures are held October through March and are free and open to the public. Registration is requested so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.

Various other arts and cultural-related lectures and activities are offered throughout the year.  See the calendar or Upcoming Events for more information.

The Clotilda

As featured on the latest cover of National Geographic, the Clotilda was the last known U.S. slave ship to arrive in the United States, bringing 160 African captives to Mobile in 1860. Because the import of slaves had been outlawed, the ship was burned to hide evidence. After emancipation, many of the former captives remained in the area and settled Africatown, which continues today.  This presentation will discuss the years-long quest to find the remains of the ship, explore the strength, ingenuity, and heroism of the survivors and the meaning of finding the remnants the ship for their descendants.

Stacye Hathorn, State Archaeologist, Alabama Historical Commission

Dr. Joe’l Lewis Billingsly, Associate Professor, University of South Alabama and descendent of Cudjo Lewis, Africantown  leader.

Dates and Time: Thursday February 27 7:00 – 8:30pm

Location:  Gulf Shores Cultural Center Auditorium , 19470 Oak Road West (County Road 6)

Fee: There is no fee to attend, but please register so we can notify you of any changes.

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The Clotilda