- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s attorney general has proposed selling the replica of a historic slave ship to a nonprofit in order to pay its $2.2 million debt.

The Amistad, the state’s flagship for nearly 15 years, has been docked in New London since April. A judge Wednesday approved the cancellation of a trip to New Haven this fall and authorized the ship’s receiver to spend up to $4,000 for repairs.

Attorney General George Jepsen proposed selling the state-subsidized ship for $315,000 to Discovering Amistad Inc. in the hopes that it will preserve its educational mission.

The replica of a 19th century slave ship seized by African captives is a symbol of America’s early anti-slavery movement.

New London Mayor Daryl Finizio says he hopes the new owners will keep the vessel in the city.

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