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The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and the Hyannis Public Library present

The Malaga Ship: A Story of Maine and the Middle Passage.

A Solo Theatrical Performance.

Saturday, July 27, 2024, 6:00 p.m.

529 Main Street, Hyannis (Sturgis Charter School Performance Venue)

performer Antonio Rocha

The Malaga was a 183-ton brig built in Brunswick, Maine in 1832, in a shipyard owned by Joseph Badger. Although it was illegal to traffic enslaved people from Africa to the Americas in the 1800s, the Malaga took part in an illicit slave trade that persisted during the 19th century. Eventually, the ship made its way to trafficking African captives to Brazil, where slavery was not abolished until 1888.

In The Malaga Ship: A Story of Maine and the Middle Passage, Rocha brings this thought-provoking history to life with stunning virtuosity. The story is mostly told from the ship’s point of view, with details about the trade never taught in school. Drawing on his skills as a storyteller and mime, Rocha also sings and produces realistic sounds as he weaves the history of the Malaga with his own fascinating Afro-Brazilian biography.

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