Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Joseph Cinque

New London, CT  2015

Joseph Cinque led the slave uprising aboard the schooner La Amistad  in 1839, which was documented in the movie Amistad made by Steve Spielberg.  After the slave uprising, the ship was discovered and taken into custody in the waters off of eastern Long Island.  The ship was brought to New London and was berthed behind the Custom House.  The slaves were tried in New Haven and after appeals all the way to the Supreme Court were freed and returned to Africa.  This relief of Joseph Cinque graces the entrance to the Custom House, now a maritime museum.


  1. Interesting photo and statue commemorating a terrible story. At least the ending was happy.