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‘Sailors and Slaves’ talk to be held via Zoom

The Norfolk Historical Society will hold a virtual presentation on “Sailors and Slaves: USS Constellation and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.

John Pentangelo, director of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and former curator of the USS Constellation Museum, will present the talk via Zoom.

A release said the African Squadron was a unit of the United States Navy that operated along the west coast and rivers of Africa in the decades preceding the American Civil War. The squadron was tasked with enforcing the ban on the transatlantic slave trade, and the Constellation was its flagship.

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