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Remembering Their Voices:
Connecting the History and Archaeology of the São José Paquete de Africa and the Clotilda Slave Shipwrecks

About the Webinar

Kamau Sadiki is the immediate past President of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS). He is a lifetime NABS member and served as its Vice President from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the Class of 2006 Underwater Adventure Seekers Scuba Diving Club based in Washington, DC, a founding club of NABS. He is a certified PADI Divemaster.

Kamau is a Board member and Lead Instructor with Diving With A Purpose (DWP), an international organization committed to resurrecting the stories of slave shipwrecks from the bottom of the sea through underwater archaeology documentation. DWP and Kamau was featured in the cover story of the March 2022 issue of the National Geographics magazine. He is also featured in the NatGeo podcast “Into the Depths,” which explores the work of DWP and the journey of NatGeo Explorer Tara Roberts. He participated on the field mission that confirmed the discovery of the slave ship Clotilda in the Mobile River in Alabama, the last slave ship to bring captured Africans into the USA. He was a member of the dive team that documented the slave shipwreck Sâo José Paquete de Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, the first slave ship documented in which captured was aboard during the wrecking event. He has worked on multiple shipwreck sites around Mozambique Island, Mozambique, and shipwrecks in the NOAA Thunder Bay, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries and Biscayne National Marine Park off the southern Florida coast and in St. John, United States Virgin Islands. In August 2015, he was a member of the first underwater archaeology field team to document a Tuskegee Airmen P-39 Airacobra airplane that crashed in Lake Huron, one of five that crashed in the lake during WWII training.

This presentation is made possible by the generous support of Maryland Humanities and Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

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