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Event marking landmark enslavement court case postponed

A statue created by Bermudian artist, Chesley Trott to commemorate the arrival of 72 enslaved people on board the US ship Enterprise at Barr’s Bay near Hamilton in 1835 (File photograph)

The commemoration tomorrow of a landmark event in the history of enslavement in Bermuda has been postponed because of bad weather.

The recognition of the arrival in Bermuda of the American ship Enterprise, which had 78 enslaved people on board, was scheduled to be held at Barr’s Bay Park in Pembroke, where the US ship docked almost 200 years ago.

The event will be held on February 25 at 12.30pm.

Tomorrow marks the 187th anniversary of the ship’s arrival in Hamilton Harbour after it was blown off course in 1835.

Britain had abolished slavery the year before and a court hearing on the island led to the people on board having their freedom restored.

A Government spokeswoman said the Department of Culture’s event on February 25 will “commemorate this anniversary through poetry, history and song”.

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Published February 10, 2022 at 6:02 pm (Updated February 10, 2022 at 6:02 pm)

Event marking landmark enslavement court case postponed

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