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Slavery display at school

Minister of Government Estates and Information Services Neletha Butterfield has unveiled a display about slavery in Bermuda at CedarBridge Academy.

She said the display, created by Nicole Simons and Mandellas Lightbourne at the Bermuda Archives, was intended to educate future generation about the causes and consequences of the slave trade and the dangers of racism and prejudice.

It includes sections written by three women in the period before emancipation on August 1, 1834, showing different prospectives of slavery.

Ms Butterfield also presented a transcribed copy of the Bermuda Archive's 1834 Register of Slaves, listing the 4,203 individuals who were freed from slavery on emancipation day, to CedarBridge principle Kalmar Richards.

“The slave register is a painful testimony to a dark period in the Island's history, but it is nonetheless a rich source of information about an institution for which there are few surviving documents,” Ms Butterfield said.

“It is my hope that the information presented here today will assist in a small way in promoting the use of archival documents in the school curriculum.

“It is my dream that in knowing history, we will avoid repeating it.”

Ms Butterfield told the House of Assembly that she marked the United Nations Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by presenting a Bermuda Archives' display on Bermuda's slavery to CedarBridge Academy.

She said: “The display centres on Bermuda's pre-emancipation period and features selected narratives written in the late 1820s and early 1830s by three women of very different circumstances.

“Prepared by archives' trainee Nicole Simons and Mandellas Lightbourne and using archival sources, the display highlights the differing perspectives of two domestic slaves and a visiting privileged English woman.

“I also presented Kalmar Richards, the Principal of CedarBridge Academy, with a fully transcribed copy of the Bermuda Archives' 1834 slave register in support of the Academy's social studies programme.”

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The opening of the Bermuda Archives' Slavery Exhibit featuring Bermuda's pre-emancipation period and displaying selected narratives written in the early 1830s by three women of very different circumstances. Pictured above from left to right: CedarBridge Academy students along with Kalmar Richards, Principal of CedarBridge Academy and Minister Neletha Butterfield.

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Published March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am (Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am)

Slavery display at school

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