The Museum is hosting a 2-year exhibition exploring and expounding on the role of African American mariners in whaling history, highlighting and bringing into perspective a significant time in American history for the general public.
As the first integrated industry and meritocracy in US history, the whaling industry was the largest employer of African Americans, with estimates that between one-quarter and one-third of all the American whaling crews were people of color.
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Special programming exploring Black history in maritime culture runs through 2024..
Check our calendar of events - note we are continually adding to our offerings!
The Whaling Museum received 19 ships in a bottle donated by the Kappel family in honor of collector Lester Kappel.
Previous Special Exhibition
Shinnecock Artists: Long Island's First Whalers explored the deep cultural significance of whales and whaling to the Shinnecock Nation.