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175th Anniversary Commemoration of the Amistad's Arrival in New London
Freedom Schooner Amistad at Amistad Pier
New London, CT
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Please join Amistad America and New London Maritime Society on the Amistad Pier in New London to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the original La Amistad entering New London harbor in 1839 and of a New London grocer - abolitionist standing up for what he believed was right~!

One hundred and seventy-five years ago, on August 25, 1839, La Amistad sat in New London Harbor.

Nearby the US revenue cutter Washington, which had just intercepted La Amistad off Montauk, New York, held the Amistad captives under US custody.

On that day, New London grocer Dwight Plimpton Janes managed to get aboard the cutter for the initial legal hearing, and noticed that the captives were speaking in their native language. In fact, the Spaniard Jose Ruiz, one of the Amistad's owners, mentioned to Janes that none of them spoke Spanish or English because they were 'just from Africa.'  This comment was enough to convince Mr. Janes, an ardent abolitionist, that the captives were freeborn Africans, not Cuban slaves as the Spaniards claimed, and that the owners were breaking international law. Back onshore, Dwight Janes wrote to several prominent abolitionists: Roger S. Baldwin, a New Haven lawyer; Joshua Leavitt, editor of The Emancipator; and Lewis Tappan, a silk merchant. This action set into motion the sequence of events resulting in the first US Supreme Court cast to set enslaved people free.

Approximately one in 10 ships taking part in the slave trade experienced a revolt. La Amistad may have joined the ranks of these lesser-known incidents were it not for the advocacy efforts of one New London resident who stood up for the cause of freedom.

Please join Amistad America and New London Maritime Society on the Amistad Pier in New London to commemorate this important anniversary and turning point in the history of human rights.  The event will take place on  Monday, August 25, at 6 PM. 'Sound Affect' and Michael Mills of 'Drums No Guns' will perform.
Monday Aug 25, 2014 6:00 PM - Monday Aug 25, 2014 7:00 PM | Free


Freedom Schooner Amistad at Amistad Pier (View)
Amistad Pier, Waterfront Park
New London, CT 06320
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Custom Houae Maritime Museum - New London Maritime Society
On BPT Since: May 19, 2014
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