Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

A productive writer, brief tale essayist, and author, Hurston turned her hand to personal writing in 1927 with this extraordinary work, safeguarded until it was distributed in 2018. It depends on Hurston’s meetings with the final overcomer of the Center Section slave exchange, a man named Cudjo Lewis. Delivered in burning subtlety and Lewis’ profoundly influencing African-American vernacular, this life story of the “last dark freight” will ship you back so as to a time that, chillingly, isn’t close to as distant from us as it feels.

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