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Matilda McCrear

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Matilda McCrear was captured by slave traders in West Africa when she was two years oldImage caption: Matilda McCrear was captured by slave traders in West Africa when she was two years old
The identity of the last survivor of the transatlantic slave trade has been uncovered as a woman named Matilda McCrear who died in the US state of Alabama in 1940.

Research conducted by the University of Newcastle in England, found that Matilda McCrear was captured by slave traders in West Africa when she was two.

She arrived in Alabama in 1860 on board of The Clotilda – one of the last transatlantic slave ships in Africa.

She was sold with her mother to a wealthy plantation owner called Memorable Creagh.

The researcher who made the discovery had previously identified the last survivor as a woman named Redoshi Smith who died in 1937.


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