Freedom Schooner Amistad
Freedom Schooner Amistad © Jeremy Pierot
Long Wharf Pier in New Haven is the homeport of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a faithful recreation of the schooner involved in the 1839 Amistad Incident, in which a group of Africans being transported to the Caribbean as slaves revolted and took over the ship. The Amistad was seized by the US government, and the Africans eventually won their freedom in a landmark case before the US Supreme Court. Some will know the ship's story from Steven Spielberg's powerful 1997 film of the same name. Today, the replica ship sails the world on peace missions, but it is open to the public when it is in port at New Haven and gives visitors a chance to have a hands-on experience of history. Check out the official website listed below for information on where the schooner can be found.