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New program introducing diving in Africatown community

August 17, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — There’s a new recreational program for young people in coastal Alabama who live in a community formed by freed slaves after the Civil War.

Organizers say the Africatown Swim-to-Scuba Diving Program launches Saturday at a YMCA in Mobile. One goal is to introduce diving to young residents of the Africatown community near Mobile.

Africans who were illegally brought to Alabama as slaves in 1860 founded a community called Africatown after the Civil War. Some of their descendants still live in the area.

A team that included divers helped locate and verify the wreckage of the ship that brought the captives to Mobile, the Clotilda. Its discovery was announced in May.

A group that helped in the search is part of the program to demonstrate diving to area young people.

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