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Mary Prince Named 2012 Bermuda National Hero

Mary Prince Named 2012 Bermuda National Hero

The Naming and Recognition Committee in conjunction with the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs announced today that Mary Prince — who was born into slavery — will be recognised as the 2012 National Hero. Mary Prince was a Bermudian woman born into slavery at Brackish Pond, now known as Devonshire Marsh in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda.... Read more of this article

Photos: 2012 Service Honouring James Darrell

Photos: 2012 Service Honouring James Darrell

The Annual Commemorative Service for King’s Pilot James ‘Jemmy’ Darrell was held yesterday [Apr.14] in St. George’s, with the service celebrating the life of the freed slave who become the first black man to own a home in Bermuda. The Vestry And The Friends Of St. Peter’s Church, the Pilot Warden and the Branch Pilots Of Bermuda hosted the... Read more of this article

The Dual Legacies Of Denmark Vesey

The Dual Legacies Of Denmark Vesey

Ground was broken last year for a South Carolina monument commemorating the former slave of a Bermuda sea captain accused of organising the largest slave revolt in American history — but uncertainty continues to cloud the true legacy of Denmark Vesey. The memorial, designed by celebrated American sculptor Ed Dwight, will stand in Charleston’s... Read more of this article

Freed Slaves’ Craving For Education

Freed Slaves’ Craving For Education

Newly emancipated blacks in Bermuda were so anxious for education — and so proficient at learning — the American Methodist Church considered establishing a school on the island to train Bermudians and US free men of colour to teach former slaves in the West Indies. Slaves were freed in all British territories — including Bermuda —... Read more of this article

Preschool Stages ‘Slave Girl’s Christmas’

Preschool Stages ‘Slave Girl’s Christmas’

Seasons Learning Centre, the Rosemont Avenue nursery/preschool, is bringing Bermuda a Christmas story drawn from the island’s history on Friday [Dec. 9] when they stage ”A Slave Girl’s Christmas”. The performance will be held at the Whitney Institute at 5.30pm and the young actors will interpret this story through drama, singing,... Read more of this article

Enduring Legacy Of Bermuda’s Mary Prince

Enduring Legacy Of Bermuda’s Mary Prince

Published exactly 180 years ago, Bermuda slave Mary Prince’s narrative of her life of servitude on the island and in the Caribbean has lost none of its power to shock. Or to inspire understanding and reconciliation among peoples. For Mary Prince’s first-hand account of the atrocities of slavery was not just intended as an indictment of... Read more of this article

Interview: Bermudian Slave Owner Descendant

Interview: Bermudian Slave Owner Descendant

A Bermudian who is a direct descendant of Captain John Ingham – who bought Mary Prince in 1805 for £57 pounds – was interviewed by London’s ‘Colorful Radio,’ and gave his views about the present day impact of racism and slavery through history. Mark Nash spoke on the occasion of yesterday’s unveiling of the Mary... Read more of this article

Premier Unveils Plaque Honouring Mary Prince

Premier Unveils Plaque Honouring Mary Prince

Yesterday [June 22] Premier Paula Cox participated in a celebratory reception at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and unveiled a commemorative bronze plaque honouring the life of Mary Prince, an abolitionist and author who lived near the site of Senate House [University of London].The unveiling was hosted and... Read more of this article

Exhibit Of Bermuda’s Slavery Archives Opens

Exhibit Of Bermuda’s Slavery Archives Opens

Minister Neletha Butterfield recently opened 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 below from left to right are CedarBridge Academy students along with Mrs. Kalmar Richards, Principal of... Read more of this article

Halifax To Host Diaspora Trail Meeting

Halifax To Host Diaspora Trail Meeting

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail Foundation – founded in Bermuda in 2002 — will hold its 2011 conference in Nova Scotia. The conference became an annual event in 2006, and has been held in Bermuda four times, as well as the Bahamas in 2007 and Tanzania in 2009. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs was a sponsor of the 2010 event... Read more of this article

Champion of St. David’s Ties Dies

Champion of St. David’s Ties Dies

Alice Lopez, one of the strongest champions of cultural ties between Native American Wampanoags and St. David’s Islanders descended from members of the Massachussetts tribe, has died suddenly. She was 49. Ms Lopez – an activist on behalf of Wampanoag housing rights on Cape Cod and a walking respository of tribal lore – collapsed... Read more of this article

Row Over Statue to Bermudian’s Slave

Row Over Statue to Bermudian’s Slave

Controversy continues to swirl around efforts to erect a monument to Denmark Vesey in Charleston, South Carolina, the former slave of a Bermudian sea captain who was executed for plotting a slave rebellion in the city in 1822. One hundred and fifty years after the opening shots in the American Civil War were fired by Confederate forces on Fort Sumter... Read more of this article

UK Museum Stages Mary Prince Drama

UK Museum Stages Mary Prince Drama

The Museum of London is launching a one-hour dramatic reenactment of the life of Bermuda slave Mary Prince for visiting school children. An actor will be portraying the Bermudian woman whose 1831 memoir helped to galvanise the abolitionist movement and end the institution of chattel slavery in in British territories two years later in a production... Read more of this article