Cape Verdean-American art and history highlighted in two films, July 7

As part of Cape Verdean Recognition Week, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will show two films on Thursday, July 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater: “A Tribute to the Artistry of Ship Model Builder Joaquim “Porkchop” Almeida” and “Cape Verdean Odyssey: A Film About Marcus Lopes.” The free public screenings are offered in cooperation with the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Cape Verdean Recognition Committee, Inc.

Produced by Searchlight Films, director Ashley James tells the story of an “American Treasure – A Tribute to ‘Pork Chop’ Almeida, Master Ship Model Builder.” The 30-minute film portrays the art of a remarkable mariner who loved the sea and hand-crafted miniature vessels of extraordinary detail well past his ninetieth year.

From the “Gumshoe Historians” Hit and Run History series, the Cape Verdean Odyssey tells the story of Marcus Lopes – the nearly unknown account of the Cape Verdean cabin boy from Praia serving aboard Captain Robert Gray’s ship, Washington in 1788 who became the first person of African descent to set foot on Oregon soil and whose fate helped the U.S. lay claim to the Oregon territory. Director Andrew Buckley will be present for the 60-minute screening, which starts at 7:15 p.m.

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