The Malaga Ship story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale.
The Malaga was a 183 ton brig that was built in Brunswick, Maine by Joseph Badger in 1832.
It did not take many years for the ship to find itself bought and sold into the slave trade, which was already illegal across the Atlantic since 1808. However, African captives were in high demand because the plantation owners knew the end of slavery was nearing, and they needed the convenient trade to continue in order for them to secure their fortune.
Maine being a powerhouse in shipbuilding produced several ships that ended up in the trade. Malaga was one of them.