February 2, 2018

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission

ALABAMA HISTORICAL COMMISSION PREPARING TO STUDY SHIPWRECK DISCOVERY

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2018


Media Contact: Jacqulyn Kirkland, 334-230-2690 or jacqulyn.kirkland@ahc.alabama.gov
     
ALABAMA HISTORICAL COMMISSION PREPARING TO STUDY SHIPWRECK DISCOVERY

The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) is currently coordinating with local, state, and national agencies concerning the deployment of an investigation into a shipwreck discovered in January 2018 in the Mobile area.

As the Alabama Historical Commission, it is our agency’s duty to uphold the state law that manages and protects shipwrecks and archaeological sites in Alabama waters. After receiving the necessary permits and finalizing a research design, AHC will examine whether the vessel is, in fact, the Clotilda.

“The AHC staff is hard at work preparing our agency for this investigation,” said Lisa D. Jones, Executive Director of the Alabama Historical Commission. “During this process we look forward to engaging with the local community.”

The archaeological process will occur in phases with Phase I beginning as early as this month. Weekly updates will be available on the AHC website at  http://ahc.alabama.gov/updates.aspx and on social media.



About the Alabama Historical Commission
Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov   

                    
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