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Episode from the podcastWitness History: Witness Black History

The last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade

Released Tuesday, 21st April 2020
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The last surviving person to be captured in Africa in the 19th century and brought to United States on a slave ship, has been identified as a woman called Matilda McCrear, who died in Alabama in 1940. Sean Coughlan has spoken to the historian Hannah Durkin who uncovered Matilda's extraordinary life story and to Matilda's grandson, Johnny Crear.

Photo: Matilda McCrear in later years. Copyright: Johnny Crear.
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