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Jewish graves found

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Jewish graves found

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ANOTHER PIECE of Barbados’ history has been discovered beneath the floor of the ruins of a Bridgetown building.

Workmen on a site on James Street near the Jewish Synagogue have unearthed several graves with marble tombstones dating back as far as the 1700s, with inscriptions written in Hebrew.

The graves were found under an abandoned building whose outer façade is about to be preserved as part of a major ongoing project funded by a Jewish benefactor that will transform an entire city block.

It is not far away from the graveyard in the grounds of the Nidhe Israel Synagogue where the remains of Jewish immigrants to Barbados, some of whom first came here in the 1600s from Recife in Brazil, lie.

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