Slave trail tourist attraction
A new tourism attraction is set to be launched by the Ministry of Tourism. It is the Barbados Slave Route Heritage Trail And Tour, which will provide tourists and locals with the opportunity to visit a number of sites in communities across Barbados, that speak to the legacy of people who endured some 200 years of slavery.
Sites that commemorate slave resistance, show places of rest/burial and celebrate the struggle and fulfilment of freedom from enslavement, will be among the key highlights of the four-hour long journey that will commence at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS). These places are The Cage in Bridgetown; Gun Hill and Sweet Vale (formerly of Sweet Bottom) in St George and Newton Slave Burial Ground and Bourne’s Land in Christ Church. The development of this new tourism attraction is being undertaken by the BMHS, which has been contracted by the Ministry of Tourism. Currently in its pilot phase, the Barbados Slave Route Heritage Trail And Tour is expected to be officially launched in December. To sensitise communities and the public at large to this new attraction, the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the BMHS, will host a series of town hall meetings at venues across the island. BGIS)