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New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum exhibition, “Amistad: Retold,” centers the people who led the 1839 revolt and their collective actions to determine their own lives. It also focuses on New Haven as the site of their incarceration and abolitionist organizing.

Featuring historic and contemporary artistic representations, the exhibition includes the Museum’s iconic 1840 portrait of Sengbe Pieh by New Haven artist and abolitionist Nathaniel Jocelyn, Hale Woodruff’s 1939 mural studies, the 1970 cover of a Black history comic book, and a serigraph of Jacob Lawrence’s “Revolt on the Amistad” (1989).

A large-scale map charts the voyages of the Amistad rebels and provides context about the continual resistance to the slave trade in West Africa and across the Atlantic. A time-lapse map by visualizes the expansion of the slave trade despite its illegality in the mid-19th century. Other contemporary elements include a QR code to a riveting interactive map that highlights significant sites, particularly in New Haven.


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