A Slave Ship Speaks

The Wreck of Henrietta Marie

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This poignant and powerful exhibition brought to the surface artifacts recovered from the wreck of the British merchant slave ship, Henrietta Marie, which sank off the coast of Key West in 1700.

Through interactive displays and hundreds of artifacts, this moving exhibition examined the economic and social forces that drove the slave trade and provided insight into its impact on the material life and culture of Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The exhibition used the artifacts and the ship's records as touchstones for entering the daily lives of the Africans on board the ship as they made the journey to North America as slaves, the seamen who manned the ship and managed its human cargo, and the traders who ran this notorious enterprise and integrated it into the economy of England. 

Major funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historical Museums, and the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation. National Tour sponsor, the General Motors Company.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.