The C.O.W.S. Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of The Last “Black Cargo” Part 3 (Conclusion)

Friday, August 24th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific


The Context of White Supremacy hosts our third and final study session on Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon. Born in 1891, Hurston was a writer and anthropologist who was a legendary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance. She worked with anthropologists Franz Boaz and Margaret Mead, won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and authored an impressive array of material, including her most popular title, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Although she died in 1960, she continues to contribute new works. Earlier this year, Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” was finally released to the public. The book chronicles her 1927 interviews of Cudjo Lewis (Kossola), reported to be the last living survivor of the Middle Passage. Hurston uses the unique speaking style of Mr. Lewis to authentically share his voice and experiences of being stolen and terrorized. Last week’s session offers details on Kossola’s life after slavery, which including having his own family. He regularly cites how no count African-Americans ridiculed he and his family for their African traditions. The lone exception was a black male who offered Christian-soaked humanity and the bible of White Jesus. It strikes Gus as highly peculiar that a White Woman, Charlotte “The Godmother” Mason would pay Hurston and Kossola for their part in Barracoon. And equally peculiar that a black male in early 20th century Alabama would submit that most of his problems and tribulations with people have been with African Americans.


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