Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo
Central Library, Faulkner Gallery East / 40 East Anapamu Street
Barracoon…takes its title from the barracks that enslaved Africans were kept in before they were forced onto slave ships. It tells the story of [Cudjo] Lewis’ capture by Dahomey warriors in West Africa, and how he was sold to slavers and taken to Mobile, Alabama, in 1859, more than 50 years after the United States Congress had outlawed the slave trade, in what Hurston describes as the “last deal in human flesh.”
— The New York Times
Thank you to the Santa Barbara Public Library for their partnership in screening and hosting book clubs for Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and collaboration for the London Symphony Orchestra Voyager Family Concert.
Santa Barbara Public Library