In 1858 Savannah businessman Charles Lamar, in violation of U.S. law, organized the shipment of four hundred eighty-seven Africans on the luxury yacht Wanderer to Jekyll Island, Georgia. It was the first known successful landing of Africans on American soil in about forty years. In 2009 researcher Jim Jordan discovered a long-lost cache of letters written by Lamar, documenting his involvement in the illegal slave trade and the equally illegal Cuban filibustering movement. The author uses these letters to tell the story of the criminal life of a troubled, and troubling, figure in The Slave-Trader’s Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade.
A question and answer period will follow the screening.
21 MARCH 2018
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
NORTH GARDEN ASSEMBLY ROOM