Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
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Hardcover edition
Author Zora Neale Hurston
Country United States
Language English
Subject Biography of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Amistad Press
Publication date
May 8, 2018
Pages 208
ISBN 9780062748201

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" is a non-fiction work by Zora Neale Hurston. It is based on her interviews in 1927 with Cudjo Lewis, the last living survivor of the Middle Passage.[1] The book failed to find a publisher at the time, in part because it was written in vernacular, and also in part because it described the involvement of other African people in the business of Atlantic slave trade.[1]

The manuscript, which was in the Alain Locke Collection at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, remained unpublished until the 21st century.[2][3] Excerpts from the book were first published in Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, a 2003 biography of Hurston by Valerie Boyd.[2] The full book was published in 2018.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Zora Neale Hurston's Lost Interview with One of Americ's Last Living Slaves". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  2. ^ a b Flood, Alison (2017-12-19). "Zora Neale Hurston study of last survivor of US slave trade to be published". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  3. ^ Diouf, Sylviane A. (2009). "Cudjo Lewis". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  4. ^ Neary, Lynn (2018-05-02). "Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' Gets Published, More Than 60 Years Later". Weekend Edition Saturday. NPR. Retrieved 2018-05-11.

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