You are invited!
FREE Educator Preview
Sat., Oct. 1
1 – 5 p.m.
For Educators of all Grades
This event is for educators only please; we are not able to accommodate family or friends. Please bring your school or district I.D., or home school affidavit with you. Don’t forget to visit Membership and pick up a free Educator Membership courtesy of APS.
You are invited to explore this amazing exhibition and learn what a powerful experience Real Pirates will be for your students.
The slave ship Whydah began her short life in London, England, in 1715. Less than two years later, now a pirate ship, she sank to the ocean floor off Cape Cod. Using artifacts recovered from the wreck, "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship" reveals the true story behind this vessel—a story more compelling than anything dreamt up by Hollywood.
The exhibition features real stories of the people who populated the Atlantic world in the age of slavery and piracy: artisans and traders from West Africa, slave ship captains and their captives, Native American boat pilots, impoverished sailors from all over Europe, and pirates—including women pirates and John King, a boy no more than 11 years old, who "went on the account." Guests see more than 200 actual Whydah artifacts recovered by underwater explorer Barry Clifford, such as treasure from more than 54 ships, gold and silver coins from all over the world, Akan gold jewelry, cannons, swords, pistols, personal belongings, leg iron moldings from shackles, the ship's bell and its massive anchor! Kids also learn about the exciting world of nautical archaeology and the many technologies that have been developed to allow scientists and historians to unlock the clues embedded in these 300-year-old "treasures." Discover how high-powered digital x–rays of mysterious underwater concretions can reveal the artifacts hidden within.