AMISTAD: REVOLT TO FREEDOM

A Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

May 20-22, 2010

Celebrating the arrival of the Freedom Schooner Amistad on its official entry to the United States from Cuba. The ship is following the original path of La Amistad, which arrived in New London in 1839!

Provenance Center exhibiting "From Bondage to Freedom in the New World." Curated by Nadesha Mijboa ( for curatorial statement, press here.)

Haiti in New London video

     

�We should not forget that the freedom you and I enjoy today; that the freedom that eight hundred thousand colored people enjoy in the British West Indies; the freedom that has come to the colored race the world over, is largely due to the brave stand taken by the black sons of Haiti ninety years ago. When they struck for freedom . . . they struck for the freedom of every black man in the world.�

~ Frederick Douglass, speaking at the 1893 Chicago World�s Fair, at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion.

 
     
 

A woodcarving of a Haitian Rara festival
 

The Music of Revolution: Rara

Rara is a tradition in Haiti in which the voice of the people is expressed through music, dance and celebration. Beginning the moment Carnival ends, on the eve of Lent, and building for six weeks until Easter Week, Rara processions walk for miles through local territory, stopping traffic for hours to play music and perform rituals for Afro-Haitian deities at crossroads, bridges, and cemeteries. While some have related it to the revolutionary battle marches during the fight for independence, Rara commemorates centuries of oppression and loss going back to the first arrival of white settlers and traders beginning around the time of Columbus' voyage to the New World.

     
 
 

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