Upcoming panel discussion celebrating life of Capt. Paul Cuffe of Westport, New Bedford
Spinner Publications introduces the second in a four-part series of panel discussions celebrating the life of Captain Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) of Westport. Paul Cuffe’s career as an entrepreneur begins when as a teenager he sailed through British blockades and marauding pirates to trade needed goods on Nantucket during the American Revolutionary War. Later, trader Cuffe teamed up with his brother-in-law, Michael Wainer, to become a leading shipbuilder in Westport, turning out schooners, brigs and barks suitable for trans-Atlantic voyages.
The intrepid captain dangerously entered Southern slave ports with his Black and Native American crew. The panel of scholars will discuss Captain Cuffe’s impact on the economy and his lifelong passion to improve the human condition of his brethren—free and enslaved people of color. • Marion Kilson, social anthropologist, received her PhD in 1967 and retired as Graduate School Dean at Salem State University in 2001.
The event, Captain Paul Cuffe: Entrepreneur, is happening in conjunction with 20mi2, a city-wide weekend celebration in New Bedford, featuring live music, art, recreation, unique experiences and other programs spotlighting points of interest in the city. Grant support comes from the Massachusetts Humanities and the New Bedford Arts Council. For more information contact Corey Nuffer at 605-376-2692 or Spinner Publications 508-994-4564.
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