- The very last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade has finally been identified
- For a long time, it was believed that Redoshi Smith, who died in 1937, was the last survivor
- New historical work has now revealed that the last survivor was actually Matilda McCrear, who died in 1940
The last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade has bee identified as Matilda McCrear. For many years it was believed that the last survivor was Redoshi Smith.
According to the BBC, a researcher at the Newcastle University called Hannah Durkin previously indicated that the last of the survivors was Redoshi Smith, who was captured in Africa in the 19th Century and taken to the US.
Briefly.co.za learned that further works have revealed she was not the last to die.
Redoshi Smith died in 1937 and Hannah Durkin has now found out that a woman named Matilda McCrear, who was also enslaved, had lived until 1940.
Matilda died in Selma, Alabama, in January 1940, at the age 83 - and her rebellious life story was the last living link with slaves abducted from Africa.
It is reported that Matilda had been captured by slave traders in West Africa at the age of two, arriving in Alabama in 1860 onboard one of the last transatlantic slave ships.
With her mother Grace and sister Sallie, Matilda had been bought by a wealthy plantation owner called Memorable Creagh.
Upon arriving in the United States, her two daughters were snatched from her and sold to another owner after which they would never be seen again.
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