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How museum officials plan to use ship to tell slavery's story
How museum officials plan to use ship to tell slavery's story

Date published: 8/5/2005

The slave ship story

The U.S. National Slavery Museum's application for federal funding provides some details on how it plans to use a replica slave ship.

The schooner exhibit is to include figures representing both the crew and slaves and will try to provide visitors insights from both perspectives--a tactic currently employed in a temporary exhibit on a salvaged slave ship at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture that opened in Baltimore's Inner Harbor in June.

Visitors to the Fredericksburg museum will step aboard a ship that is to be outfitted with exhibits and artifacts and employ audio and visual effects. It is to illustrate how the ship operated as well as provide information on shipping and trade routes to help visitors understand the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its role in forging the nation's economy.

The application describes the colorful history of the Dos Amigos, a Spanish schooner that was carrying 500 slaves when it was captured by the British in 1830.

It says the schooner was among the smaller and faster ships used after the slave trade was declared illegal to try to operate without detection along Africa's coasts.