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Jekyll Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Strange New World

Wanderer Memory Trail

 
 
Strange New World Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2021
1. Strange New World Marker
Inscription.  I was given clothes and food and sold to a white man. His family called me Lucius Williams. I was no longer called Umwalla.

When a slave ship docked, the enslaved were washed and oiled to make them look healthier. They were then sold at auction to the highest bidder.

The Wanderer anchored offshore just south of here in late November. The survivors were sick, weak, freezing, and starving. A big fire was made on the beach to warm the captives. The ship's mess kettle was brought to shore, filled with meal and water, and set by the fire to cook.

The enslaved Africans were kept on Jekyll Island for about ten days. They were fed, clothed, and given new names, in an effort to strip them of their African identities. They were forced into servitude. Families were broken up as the Wanderer's survivors were sold to slave holders throughout the South.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 31° 1.321′ N, 81° 26.065′ W. Marker is on Jekyll
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Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Beach View Drive, 0.1 miles north of South Riverview Drive. Marker is located along the Wanderer Memory Trail, just north of the parking lot at St. Andrews Beach Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 South Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island GA 31527, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Life of Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); A Miserable Voyage (within shouting distance of this marker); Music (within shouting distance of this marker); Marched to the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Taken From Africa (within shouting distance of this marker); Wanderer Memory Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Survivors of the Wanderer (within shouting distance of this marker); Food (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jekyll Island.
 
Regarding Strange New World. The UNESCO Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage. This site fulfils the quality criteria set by the UNESCO Slave Route Project in conjunction with the International Network of Managers of Sites and Itineraries of Memory.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Wanderer Memory Trail
 
Also see . . .
1. Wanderer Memory Trail
Marker detail: Slave Manifest of the <i>S.S. Texas</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy United States National Archives
2. Marker detail: Slave Manifest of the S.S. Texas
The slave manifest of the S.S. Texas which sailed from La Salle and arrived in New Orleans on March 5, 1860.
. The trail is located along the banks of the Jekyll River where the ship illegally came ashore 160 years ago with more than 500 enslaved Africans. (Submitted on March 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Wanderer. The ship arrived at Jekyll Island (a considerably more clandestine point of entry than Savannah) on November 28, 1858. The entry point had been arranged by Henry DuBignon Jr., who owned Jekyll Island and had conspired with Corrie and Lamar from the beginning. Within a matter of days Lamar and Corrie dispatched the survivors to slave markets in Savannah and Augusta, as well as to markets in South Carolina and Florida. (Submitted on March 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Poster Advertising a Slave Auction, 1829 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Poster Advertising a Slave Auction, 1829
Marker detail: The Sale image. Click for full size.
Courtesy United States Library of Congress
4. Marker detail: The Sale
Marker detail: Atlanta Slave Market, circa 1860s image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Atlanta Slave Market, circa 1860s
Strange New World Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2021
6. Strange New World Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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