Black Sailors on the Great Lakes


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Maybe you’ve heard some of the sea shanties making the rounds on social media - most prominently on TikTok. But did you know that Michigan has a few shanties of its own to sing? Today we’re taking a look at the history and legacy fo Black Sailors in the Great Lakes and the sea shanties that came with them.


Jillian Reese is the curator of Exhibits at the Michigan History Center

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