Freedom Schooner Amistad Returns to Washington, DC Visit Schedule April 30 – May 9, 2004

Friday, April 30, 2004

Freedom Schooner Amistad Returns to Washington, DC Visit Schedule April 30 – May 9, 2004

After a successful visit in 2002, Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador, returns to Washington, DC.  Amistad will be docked at the Gangplank Marina, at 600 Water Street, SW, from April 30 to May 9, 2004. During her visit, Amistad will offer public tours, sails and reserved student tours.Take Metro Green Line to Waterfront-SEU Station.

Official Arrival
Amistad Arrival Opening Ceremony on Friday, April 30 at 11:30 am
(Press boat available, call (202) 547-1250)

Public Tours
$6/person, $4/children under 12 
Weekdays, May 4 - 7, 2 pm – 5 pm (ship closes promptly at 5 pm; closed May 3)
Weekends, May 1, 2 & 8, 9, 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm - 5 pm 
(Ship will be closed for lunch 1 pm - 2 pm and closes promptly at 5 pm)
Public Sunset Sails 
Evenings 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, $25/person (Advance tickets required, call (866) 264-7823 x13)
Reserved School Group Tours
Weekdays, May 3 - 7 9 am-1 pm (reservation required)

The events involving the coastal trader La Amistad grew out of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and became a local southern New England event, evolving into an international affair. The Amistad Incident is considered by scholars to be a unique instance in American history in which a diverse group of citizens worked within the US court system on behalf of kidnapped Africans to ultimately win their freedom and repatriation. This 19th century story still has worldwide importance today.

AMISTAD America, Inc. is a national, non-profit educational organization located in New Haven, CT. Its mission is to promote reconciliation and harmony among races through ownership and operation of Amistad. Freedom Schooner Amistad visits ports nationally and internationally as an ambassador for friendship and good will—it serves as an icon and catalyst for teaching the historic lessons of perseverance, cooperation, leadership, and justice inherent in The Amistad Incident of 1839.

For more information about Amistad America, or the Amistad Incident of 1839, please call 866-AMISTAD (264-7823), Ext. 18 or visit http://www.amistadamerica.org/.