Clotilda, the last ship to bring enslaved persons to the United States, has been discovered along the Mobile River in Alabama. SEARCH, in collaboration with the Alabama Historical Commission and the Slave Wrecks Project of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, publicly announced their findings after a comprehensive, yearlong scientific investigation.
Since National Geographic first covered the discovery, news spread across the globe from the U.K. (The Guardian) to Hong Kong (South China Morning Post) hitting all of the major news outlets -- NY Times, Washington Post, CNN, and more. The discovery was also widely covered on broadcast TV from PBS NewsHour to all the major network providers. Clotilda's discovery garnered over 3,000 mentions in TV, print, digital, radio, and social media reaching an audience of 1 billion people.
Financial support for the project was provided in part by the National Geographic Society, who worked with their media partners to produce a powerful short documentary.