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Walmer Lodge slave hut crushed


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Walmer Lodge slave hut crushed

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GONE!

 

One of the few remaining slave huts in Barbados has been demolished – and among its debris is over a century of history dating back to the slave era.

The 170-year-old hut, that once stood – albeit barely – atop a hill at Walmer Lodge, St Michael, was owned by the Leacock family, who now occupy more than six of the houses that surrounded it.

Brenda Leacock, who said her great-great-grandmother Janet was one of the slaves who  lived in the hut and raised their entire family in it, said she was very sad to see the hut no longer standing.

“This is a serious thing . . . . I feel bad enough to know it get lick down,” a visibly distraught Leacock said, pointing to the rubble that remained. (MS)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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