The wreck of a ship carrying slaves from Africa will be detailed on Tuesday by an archaeologist and assistant director of the National Museum of the Bahamas.

"Enhancing the Written Record: The Wreck of the Slaving Schooner Peter Mowell" will be detailed by archaeologist Michael Pateman, assistant director of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation of the National Museum of the Bahamas.

It is 4 p.m. Tuesday at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, 3300 River Drive, Moline. The event is free and open to the public.

According to the website of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation, the schooner Peter Mowell was sailing on the Congo River in Africa, en route to Havana, Cuba, in 1860, when it ran aground in the Abaco chain of islands of the Bahamas.

The crew of the wrecked ship and at least 390 Africans who were captive made it safely ashore to the uninhabited Lynyard Cay island, and survivors were later carried to Nassau, where the crew was jailed and the Africans dispersed as indentured laborers in and around Nassau.

Pateman and the antiquities organization continue to document this part of Bahamian history with ongoing research on the liberated Africans who survived the wreck, including interviews from the descendants of the captive Africans and the crew.

Pateman's talk is sponsored by the Western Illinois University Department of Museum Studies, and assisted by the Western Illinois University Quad-Cities Research and Scholarship Symposium. 

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