Today marks the 175th anniversary of Emancipation when most of those enslaved in the British colonies ceased to be in bondage.
By Winston McGowan This is an edited version of an article which first appeared in Stabroek News in the ‘History This Week’ series on September 7, 2000.
By Cecilia McAlmont This is an edited version of a ‘History This Week’ article which first appeared in Stabroek News on July 29, 2010 The Emancipation Act which was passed by the British Parliament in 1833 came after more than four decades of agitation and setbacks by the British Anti-Slavery movement.
This is an edited version of a column by A J McR Cameron which first appeared in Stabroek News on July 23 1988.
By Cecilia McAlmont This is an edited version of a ‘History this Week’ column which first appeared in Stabroek News on August 4, 2011 In British Guiana, the dominant planter class felt that because of the availability of Crown land and abandoned estates, when apprenticeship ended the ex-apprentices would abandon the sugar estates which would lead to a labour shortage, the collapse of the sugar economy and by implication, the end of ‘civilised society.’ To forestall this eventuality, the planters used their control over the political institutions of the colony to put in place measures that would keep the apprentices landless and to restrict the freedom of movement of the soon to be ex-apprentices.
Almost 174 years ago eighty-three men and women who had been freed from slavery paid the price of 30,000 guilders for what was then known as plantation Northbrook, a cotton plantation of about 500 acres, and today that plantation is known as the village of Victoria, fondly referred to as the ‘first village.’ November 7, 1839 will mark 174 years since the men and women who came from five plantations ‒ Ann’s Grove, Dochfour, Enmore, Hope ‒ came together to buy the plantation, and it is recorded that two-thirds of the money was paid right away in coins, delivered in wheelbarrows, some of them still black with mud from
By Cecilia McAlmont This was first published by Stabroek News on May 26, 2011 as part of the ‘History This Week’ series.
This is an edited version of an article which was first published by Stabroek News on July 9, 1988 under the rubric of the A.J.McR.
The Museum of African Heritage for years has been working to keep the rich cultural history of Africans alive and administrator Jenny Daly said that the museum is not just a treasure chest of African art but is also active in revitalizing African folklore groups around the country.