Wanderer Memory Trail Opening
By Jessica Scott, JIA Marketing Communications Manager
On November 28, 1858, more than 400 men, women, and children were brought to shore on Jekyll Island. Illegally smuggled into the United States aboard the Wanderer, a luxury yacht turned slave ship, these captives were among the last groups of enslaved Africans sold into slavery in America.
On November 17, 2018, Jekyll Island Authority will officially open the new Wanderer Memory Trail at St. Andrews Beach Park. The trail follows the story of Umwalla, a young African boy captured by slave traders and smuggled into America on one of the last known slave ships. From capture in his central African village to being sold in auction to a new master, Umwalla’s story will touch the hearts of all who experience it.
This interactive learning experience moves beyond a dark time in history and brings to light the legacy and influence of the survivors of slavery on the Georgia coast. Through Umwalla’s story, a message of hope and freedom shines.
Visitors will be invited to walk through Umwalla’s journey from Central Africa to Jekyll Island and beyond through this new trail experience. The opening ceremony will include guest speakers, trail interpretation, special music, and a moment of remembrance.
The Wanderer Memory Trail Opening
3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018
St. Andrews Beach Park