Closing 26/10/2007

A dramatic reconstruction of events surrounding the slave ship Zong, powered by the songs of humanity from West Africa, the Caribbean and Southern USA.

In 1781 the slave ship Zong, overloaded with captured Africans, was heading to Jamaica but lost its way in the Caribbean Sea. With diminishing water supplies and many of his slaves sick and dying, the captain decided to throw most of the Africans overboard and to claim on the insurance on the basis of loss of ‘cargo’. A moment of history captured in Turner’s painting The Slave Ship.

Two years later, in an astonishing series of events, the insurance company, battling to avoid payment, claimed that African slaves were not ‘cargo’ but actual human beings. In an unprecedented court ruling the stage was set for the abolition of the slave trade.

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