The Last Witness: Testimony and Desire in Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon"

  title={The Last Witness: Testimony and Desire in Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon"},
  author={Genevieve Sexton},
  pages={189 - 210}
Dr. Franz Boas of the Department of Anthropology at Columbia had sent her on her way through the South and instructed her to stop by this man's house. He was said to be the last surviving African brought to the United States as a slave. A relic, a talisman at ninety-five years who could pull the curtain back and reveal the fissure, where the earth cracked, the African perished and the African American emerged. He was an African called "Kossula" who also went by the slave name "Cudjo Lewis." He… Expand
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