The Rubric | Engaging Descendants in the Interpretation of Africatown’s Historic Sites
Since the 2019 “discovery” of the Clotilda1Learn more about the slave ship Clotilda and the Africatown settlement and community. and the international attention that has followed, many descendants of Africatown’s founders have become concerned with how their story will be told. The tourism industry seems focused on large investments at the Clotilda discovery site, while the community raises concerns about decades of government neglect of Africatown itself. They want tourists who come to see the boat to also see Africatown—and yet the Africatown picture is not so pretty. How does a descendant community get everyone on board to discuss a more comprehensive economic development plan that includes equitable strategies for interpretation and investment in Africatown and its related historic sites?