From the Mailbox – the African Slavery Memorial Project in Antigua and Barbuda

Actually this bit explaining who they are is from their facebook page: ‘An initiative of the Shackles of Memory, the TOSTEM program, also called “Emancipation Stories”, aims to preserve and enhance the sites of the slave trades and slaveries by bringing together an international network of participants so as to collaborate on a common project. These stories – of those involved on both sides of the trade – are designed to be told in a respectful manner. In Antigua, TOSTEM has partnered with the African Slavery Memorial Society to establish a museum which will be known as the African Slave Memorial Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.’

And I lead with that for context as I prepare to share the information I’ve received from them through the email.

Information like this Proposal re the African Slavery Museum in Antigua: african-slavery-museum-of-ab-proposal-final
Excerpt: “It is impossible to separate sites of African Heritage, or site specifically for the memory of the slave route on Antigua and most other islands in the Caribbean. Every facet of life was impacted by African slave labour, directly or indirectly. From the British Military and Navy, the naval dockyard, the merchants, all trades, the estates, fishing,
boatbuilding, inter-island travel, food handling and preparation, medicine and much more, enslaved Africans were directly involved. In this light the entire island is a living monument. Further to this, as the seas and reefs are littered with shipwrecks, many of which took large numbers of enslaved peoples, chained in the cargo decks, to their death, every aspect of our island is a monument. For a full list of sites to be compiled, it will have to include all known sugar estates as each had a slave village and burial ground, as well as an inventory of records listing all slaves; a register of slaves of which several are
kept at the Archives, and others are housed at museums in Britain, the National Archives at Kew, the West India Committee, and academic institutions. If a compilation of names could be achieved, a large monument could be erected onto which the names could be carved, and added to as research progresses.” (Dr. Reginald Murphy)
From the Proposal doc: english-harbour-history

This brochure: asms-tostem-brochure-january-2016-page-1
Which has the interesting detail of giving a breakdown of the origins of African peoples in Antigua.
asms-tostem-brochure-january-2016-page-2

This doc which reports on the project’s work to date: emancipation_stories-folder-charlotte

This account related to the 1736 rebellion that birthed the legacy of national hero King Court/Prince Klaas: kwaku-takyi-aka-prince-klass-or-king-court
Excerpt: “A look at the document from the court’s report in Dr.Gaspar’s book one finds listed the names of the men, the names of their owners, their occupations, the dates and manner of their deaths and what compensation was paid for them. This document paints a heart-rending story of that dread period in Antigua’s sugar plantation slavery story. First of all, the lists of their owners names gives a good idea of the estates from which these men came – each estate on Antigua was involved so the effect of the trials and murders of these men affected not only the African community but also the English plantation owners and their families; it affected the sugar economy, the work on the estates was shrunken since many of the men were drivers or supervisors of the sugar cane plantations to keep the slaves working, blacksmiths, waiting-men; it affected the life of the society, the fishermen, obeahmen, fiddlers and  drummers were all killed. Everything stopped during those cruelest of months on Antigua from October 20th 1736 to March 8, 1737. As one Englishman wrote desperately to a friend “Our island is in a terrible state”. Antigua is yet to recover its voice since the purpose of the executions and exiles was so that the black people would ‘behave themselves’ and stop even thinking of calling for freedom. Consequently, there are few families on the island who identify with the men who were involved in the plot – the murders silenced their voices as it was meant to do. However, several descendants of these brave men walk among us today and their spirit lives on desiring mental emancipation in its fullness.” (Edith Oladele)

This additional brochure: tostem-emancipation-brochure-depliant-eng-tostem-1

And, finally, this pledge form: tostem-pledge-or-donation-amount-form

That’s it. If you support, support.

 

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