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Amistad Participates In Sailfest After All

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A ship modeled after the famous slave-trading vessel La Amistad -- on which 53 African slaves revolted in 1839 -- enters the harbor of Havana on March 25, 2010. The replica of the schooner Amistad arrived in the Cuban capital as part of a tour of ports linked to the history of slaving, organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its construction. The mutineers aboard the original Amistad -- the subject of a Hollywood film -- were eventually recaptured in the United States, became a cause celebre for abolitionists and won their freedom following a landmark Supreme Court case ruling.  (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

A ship modeled after the famous slave-trading vessel La Amistad — on which 53 African slaves revolted in 1839 — enters the harbor of Havana on March 25, 2010. The replica of the schooner Amistad arrived in the Cuban capital as part of a tour of ports linked to the history of slaving, organized to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its construction. The mutineers aboard the original Amistad — the subject of a Hollywood film — were eventually recaptured in the United States, became a cause celebre for abolitionists and won their freedom following a landmark Supreme Court case ruling. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The operators of the replica slave-ship Amistad say the ship has arrived in New London for this weekend’s Sailfest, two days after Gov. Dannel Malloy threatened to “reconsider” state funding if the schooner follows through with plans to skip the event.

The Amistad left New Haven at 5 a.m. Saturday and arrived in New London in the afternoon.

Malloy on Thursday urged Amistad America Inc. to make the Amistad available to Connecticut residents and the public. The state contributes about $400,000 annually to the ship, dubbed Freedom Schooner Amistad.

Malloy’s spokesman Andrew Doba said on Saturday that “Sailfest is an important tourist attraction and community event in the city of New London, the Amistad is an important part of our history and having the two of them together in one spot is meaningful.”

 

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