- The very last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade has been finally identified
- For a long time, it was believed that Redoshi Smith who died in 1937 was the last of all the survivors
- In a latest research work, it has been discovered that the last survivor was actually Matilda McCrear
The last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade has finally been identified in the person of Matilda McCrear, years after the belief that the last person was Redoshi Smith.
According to the BBC, a researcher at the Newcastle University called Hannah Durkin previously indicated that the last of the survivors was Smith who was captured in Africa in the 19th Century and brought to the US.
But further works have revealed she was not the last to die.
Smith died in 1937 and Durkin has now found out that a woman named Matilda McCrear who was also enslaved had lived until three years after 1937.
Matilda died in Selma, Alabama, in January 1940, at the age of 83 - and her rebellious life story was the last living link with slaves abducted from Africa.
It is reported that Matilda had been captured by slave traders in West Africa at the age of two, arriving in Alabama in 1860 onboard one of the last transatlantic slave ships.
With her mother Grace and sister Sallie, Matilda had been bought by a wealthy plantation owner called Memorable Creagh.
Her father and two brothers were left behind in Africa, causing what Durkin described as a dreadful sense of separation, loss, and disorientation for her family.
Upon arriving in the United States, her two daughters were snatched from her and sold to another owner after which they would never be seen again.
Durkin's research is published in the journal Slavery and Abolition.
In other news, Mauritius has declared that it is officially free of the deadly coronavirus that has taken the world by storm, becoming the second African country to declare virus-free status after infection.
According to the island nation’s official COVID-19 page, 322 people had recovered out of the 332 confirmed cases so far. 10 people have since died.
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