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Timothy Meaher

Timothy Meaher organized the last transport of enslaved people to the U.S. in 1860. Such an act was an illegal endeavor at this time because the trafficking of captive Africans was declared an act of piracy, punishable by death, by the U.S. Congress in 1820. A number of the former captives founded the Africatown community in Mobile, after emancipation following the end of the Civil War.
Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama