Parallels between Native American and African slavery


By Dr. Thomas Cloer, Jr.
Special to The Courier

Last week, to celebrate Black History Month, we introduced the award-winning book “Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo,” by Zora Neale Hurston.

Barracoon is a Spanish word for the “barracks” where the human cargo from Africa was kept until their voyages. The book was a result of Hurston travelling to Alabama in the 1920s and recording the memories of Kossola (African name) or Cudjo Lewis (American name). He was the last living eyewitness former slave

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