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Washington Post features African Diaspora Heritage Trail

Historic monument: Sally Bassett’s statue at the Cabinet Office is one of many exhibits on the African Diaspora Heritage Trail (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda’s Black history has been featured in an article in the Washington Post newspaper.

In an article headlined “Bermuda trail brings island’s Black heritage to the fore”, journalist Richard Morin visited the 50 Sites of Memory on the island’s African Diaspora Heritage Trail.

Mr Morin wrote: “For six days, my wife, Roxanne, and I, along with her sister and brother-in-law, followed the trail along the approximately 24-mile length of this fish hook-shaped island.

“We planned our itinerary from lists of the most notable sites, as identified and described by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda Foundation.

“The 14 stops included museums, statues, parks, churches, graveyards, nature preserves and private homes.”

Mr Morin gave details of museum exhibits, which told the stories of “the transport through the dreaded Middle Passage from Africa across the Atlantic” and noticeable personalities during the 200-year-long slavery era.

The journalist described Front Street as “the epicentre of the island’s tourism”.

He noted: “Trendy bars, hotels, restaurants and tourist-centric shops line the street.

“It’s the place to sip a dangerously potent Rum Swizzle, the unofficial national drink of Bermuda, or buy a pair of authentic Bermuda shorts at the English Sports Shop.

“Some of the most important African Diaspora Heritage Trail memorials also are found here. The Bassett statue gazes defiantly towards the sky from the Cabinet Building grounds on the eastern end of Front Street.”

Other stops included Cobbs Hill Methodist Church in Warwick, Jeffrey’s Cave in Spittal Pond, and St Peter’s Church in St George.

Mr Morin wrote: “A narrow brick path passes through a gap in the weathered limestone wall that surrounds the old Black cemetery on the western side of the church grounds.

“Free and enslaved Black, Native American and Carib Indian people were buried here. The area to the east was reserved for White people.”

The full article can be read here.

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Published May 03, 2022 at 7:53 am (Updated May 03, 2022 at 7:33 am)

Washington Post features African Diaspora Heritage Trail

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