The Wanderer was one of the last documented ships to bring Africans to the United States. It docked at Jekyll Island, Georgia, on November 28, 1858.
While slavery still flourished in the United States, the importation of enslaved people from Africa had been outlawed since 1808. The owner, captain, and financial backers of the pleasure yacht-turned-slave ship set out to openly defy federal law on the eve of the Civil War.
This guide will help you discover library resources that tell of the history of the infamous ship and the fates of its 487 African captives and its notorious captain and crew.
Tyler Bagwell of College of Coastal Georgia produced a documentary about The Wanderer which first aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting in 2019. The Wanderer: A Story of Slavery, Survival and the Strength to Prevail is available in Films on Demand, a GALILEO database.