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Black History: Diving Into History - A Search For Sunken Slave Ships

Diving with a Purpose
David Doubilet/National Geographic
'Diving with a Purpose' Lead Dive Instructor Jay Haigler cradles a stone from a ballast pile in Coral Bay, St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The stones have been key to identifying slave ships, often used to balance the weight of captives in a ship's cargo hold.

Thanks in part to WUNC, this is an amazing story by Leoneda Inge, who was interviewed by WNCW's Paul Foster, as part of the station's salute to Black History Month. Learn about African Americans who dive in deep waters to locate sunken slave ships that carry unknown histories. This interview originally aired Feb. 23, 2024.

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