Cannon Beach Library

Cannon Beach Reads: “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo'”

The book that will be discussed at the Cannon Beach Reads meeting on Wednesday evening, December 18, will be Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo.’ by Zola Neale Hurston. Hurston was an anthropologist and filmmaker who dealt with issues of race in the American South during the last century. She also published four novels and more than 50 short stories.

Barracoon is based on Hurston’s interviews in 1927 and 1931 with Cudjo Lewis, who was at that time the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade. Lewis, a resident of Plateau, Alabama, shared with Hurston memories of his childhood in Africa, details of the raid that led to his capture, and stories of his life as a slave. Barracoon remained unpublished until 2018. Penny Rice will be leading the discussion on Wednesday, December 18 at the Library.

Cannon Beach Reads meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.  New members are always welcome.  Come enjoy the discussion and have some coffee and delicious treats.



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131 N. Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR 97110-0486


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