Cabo Verdean Minister of Culture, Abraão Vicente, coming to New Bedford

José Cabral of São Nicolau to give free lecture at the Whaling Museum on history of whaling in Cabo Verde

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On Thursday, November 17, the Cabo Verde Minister of Culture, Abraão Vicente, will visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This visit will underscore the important cultural partnership between New Bedford and Cabo Verde, which began with a protocol between the Cabo Verdean Ministry of Culture, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the City of New Bedford, in 2014.

In February 2016, the Whaling Museum Board of Trustees gifted objects to the Cabo Verdean Ministry of Culture for display in two museums in Cabo Verde and unveiled a long-term whaling exhibition at the Museu do Mar in São Vicente.  This exhibit focuses on the important role of Cabo Verdeans in the whaling industry.  A second exhibit is expected to open in 2017 in Tarrafal, São Nicolau.  The New Bedford Whaling Museum, in partnership with Bridgewater State University and Cabo Verdean Consulate, has developed curriculum for the Cabo Verdean exhibits, which includes structured school programs in Creole for use in museum tours on both islands.

José J. Cabral is director of the Municipal Office of Local Development in Tarrafal on the island of São Nicolau, Cabo Verde, and he will be giving a free lecture focused on whaling in Cabo Verde and the legacy of Cabo Verde in Yankee whaling.  He authored an historical novel titled Caminho(s) que Trilharam.  He is a scholar-in-residence at the Whaling Museum, researching Cabo Verdean whaling, and also conducts research with Dr. Carlos Almeida, Director of LusoCentro at Bristol Community College.  In his work he noted that the Wanderer and the Charles. W. Morgan, to name a few, regularly stopped in São Nicolau to recruit crew and gather provisions.

Manuel Da Luz Gonçalves, author of the first Cabo Verdean Creole to English dictionary, will present this new resource to the community at the lecture on November 17.  The event, brought to you in partnership by the Whaling Museum’s Cape Verdean Advisory Committee, the Cape Verdean Consulate in Boston, and LusoCentro at Bristol Community College, Bridgewater State University, is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit


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New Bedford Whaling Museum
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About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information, visit Programming and schedules are subject to change. Please check the website for the most up-to-date information.