- Whaling Captains of Color by Skip Finley
- Tuesday, May 25, 2021—6:30pm EDT on Zoom
- Presented by the Boston Public Library, the Museum of African American History, American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the State Library of Massachusetts
The history of whaling as an industry on this continent has been well-told in books, including some that have been bestsellers, but what hasn’t been told is the story of whaling’s leaders of color who pursued the hard road of the whaling industry to avoid slavery. Whaling was one of the first American industries to exhibit diversity: a man became a captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way, he could learn navigation, reading, and writing. Whaling presented a tantalizing alternative to mainland life.
Working with archival records at whaling museums, in libraries, from private archives and interviews with people whose ancestors were whaling masters, Finley culls stories from the lives of over 50 black whaling captains to create a portrait of what life was like for these leaders of color on the high seas.
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