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South Africa to unveil slave ship artifacts

Moses Wenyou/Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/June 3, 2015)-Artifacts from a slave ship wrecked off South Africa shores were due to be unveiled in Cape Town Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

According to the BBC, the artifacts are thought to be the first objects to be recovered from a slave ship that went down while it was transporting people.

Archaeologists hope the objects will help scholars and will be a memorial to all those caught up in the trade.
Millions of Africans were transported as part of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and many died on the journey.

Remnants from shackles, iron bars, used as ballast for the ship, and wooden pulley block will be shown for the first time at Cape Town’s Iziko Slave Lodge Museum.

Some of them are due to be loaned to Washington’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, the BBC also said.

The objects were recovered by a joint South African-US team from the Portuguese ship, the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa that went down in rough conditions 100m off the coast of Cape Town in December, 1794.

 


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