Scholars consider the 1839 Amistad Incident to be the only instance in American history in which a diverse group of citizens worked for kidnaped Africans through the U.S. courts to ultimately win their freedom and repatriation. Today, a recreation of the Amistad is a floating classroom and monument that travels nationally and internationally celebrating the legacy of freedom, justice and cooperation inherent in her story no matter race, ethnicity and economic status.
Sailors will moor The Freedom Schooner Amistad in the center Finger Pier on the west wall of the Inner Harbor between the Baltimore Visitor Center and Harborplace. There will also be three major special events surrounding the ship's visit:
- October 22 - Arrival Ceremony - Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Inner Harbor Amphitheater
- October 30 - Ecumenical Closing Service - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Kaufman Pavilion/Rash Field
- Besides the ship, the public can examine Amistad exhibits, which will be on display in a tent next to the ship. On weekends, related exhibits including artwork and exhibitors such as Blacks of the Chesapeake, the Banneker/Douglass Museum and The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum will also be available to Amistad visitors.
October 22 - 24, 27 and 29 - 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 31 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ; the State of Maryland; the City of Baltimore and Lancaster Seminary, Lancaster, PA are sponsoring the Baltimore event.