The 97-year-old daughter of an African man who swam ashore in 1859 from what was reputed to be the last slave ship to land in the United States was buried this week near where the slaves settled.
Clara Eva Bell Allen Jones died Feb. 4 in Pittsburgh and was buried Monday in the Plateau section in north Mobile. Structures built by the settlers in what they called Africatown no longer exist in nearby Prichard.
By the time the Clotilde arrived, it was illegal to bring people into the country to be sold into slavery. Historians say the ship, carrying about 30 Africans, slipped through a blockade and sailed up the Mobile River.
The ship was scuttled, the captive Africans made it to shore and, discovering that they were free, they began a settlement, according to historical accounts.
Mrs. Jones' father, Polette Allen, was aboard the Clotilde with his wife and their four children. His wife died shortly after arriving in Mobile, and Allen remarried and had 10 more children. Mrs. Jones, the sixth child, was born Sept. 26, 1894.