Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave
Zora Neale Hurston


In August 1931, famed anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston travelled to Alabama to visit ninety-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a former slave. Over three months, Cudjo shared heart-rending memories of his childhood in Africa; the horrors of being captured – fifty years after slavery was outlawed – and held in the Ouidah barracoons for selection by American slavers; the harrowing ordeal of the Middle Passage aboard the Clotilda with over one hundred other souls; and the years he spent in slavery. Barracoon brings to life Cudjo’s singular voice in an invaluable contribution to history and culture, a work as poignant as it is profound.

The manuscript was completed in 1931, but first published posthumously in 2018.

With an introduction by Alice Walker.

Paperback, 208pp
HarperCollins, 2020 (1931)
ISBN 9780008368036