This year marks the 200th anniversary of the ill-fated Ten Brothers voyage, which
may well be the most important story about New England you have never heard.
Don’t feel embarrassed; great pains were taken to ensure you never would.

Available soon, wherever you get your podcasts:


Gold dust, they’d said they were after. But when the surviving crew of the Ten Brothers docked this majestic ship in Boston Harbor back in 1819, one year after setting sail for West Africa, customs officials found no gold in the hold, just clouds of mosquitoes playing host to a deadly yellow fever virus. The rest, we usually say, is history… only in this case, it’s not. Host Meadow Dibble had to stumble upon the bare bones of this long-forgotten episode in New England’s maritime past at the bottom of a 200-year-old grave.

The Diseased Ship Podcast is a gripping first-person account of Meadow’s struggle to reconstruct this ill-fated voyage in the face of her own illness. Inviting scholars, cultural critics, and community members to consider the ways in which this hidden history relates to our current national conversations about race, privilege, identity, and access to the “American dream,” she asks listeners to reflect on what we might make of a malignancy that has taken root so close to our heart, exploring the possibility for individual and collective recovery.

With generous support from the Maine Humanities Council.

Help make this important journey possible.

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Uncovering New England’s connections to the slave trade

Recent events

November 21-23, 2019  |  National Race Amity Conference  | Boston, MA
October 23, 2019  |  University of Southern Maine  |  Portland, ME
October 19, 2019  | Saint Joan of Arc Church  |  Orleans, MA
September 30, 2019  |  Maine College of Art  |  Portland, ME
August 7-8, 2019  |  Holocaust & Human Rights Center  |  Augusta, ME
April 18, 2019  |  Orleans Men’s Club  |  Orleans, MA
February 23, 2019  |  SEA Education Association  |  Woods Hole, MA
November 13, 2018  |  Marstons Mills Historical Society  |  Marstons Mills, MA
August 23, 2018  |  Truro Highland House Museum  |  Truro, MA
June 27, 2018  |  Snow Public Library  |  Orleans, MA
May 19, 2018  |  Harwich Cultural Center  |  Harwich, MA
May 12, 2018  |  Sturgis Public Charter School West  |  Hyannis, MA
February 24, 2018  |  Falmouth Public Library  |  Falmouth, MA
February 11, 2018  |  First Parish Universalist Unitarian  |  Brewster, MA
February 10, 2018  |  Zion Union Heritage Museum  |  Hyannis, MA
November 28, 2017  |  Eastham Public Library  |  Eastham, MA
October 12, 2017  | Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice  |  Brown University
September 16, 2017  |  Brewster Historical Society  |  Brewster Ladies Library

To find out more or to book a talk, contact Meadow at

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