Descendants of the 110 slaves illegally brought over to the United States on the Clotilda, the last known U.S. slave ship, are gearing up for a celebration tomorrow.

It's called the Spirit of our Ancestors festival.

The plan is to remember the survivors of the Clotilda and honor their families. Organizers also want to educate the public on the community the survivors built when they were freed.

It's a small area with a long history.

"I want people to be more informed of the survivors of the Clotilda," said Joycelyn Davis, the event organizer.

The roots of it all start with 110 brave people who were enslaved and illegal brought to the area from Africa aboard the Clotilda.

The survivors built their own place to settle a historic community just north of downtown Mobile called Africatown.

In a town that bleeds with so much history, there are still many stories that are left untold. That's one of the reasons for the event.

"I know a lot of people know about Kudjoe Lewis, but I want people to know more about Charlie Lewis, Pollee Allen, Orsa Keeby and Peter Lee," Davis said.

Some of the places they built have been preserved and still stand today. One of which will hold the festival.

"Mobile County Training School, I think its befitting to have it right in the heart of Africatown," Davis explained.

There's a plethora of information and history all packed into one little town. Organizers hope the even will shine some light on what's been hidden in plain sight for so long.

"I want people to come out and have a good time and become more educated like the other descendants," Davis said. "Just to feel the spirit become more knowledgeable of Africatown. This little town is getting a buzz,

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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