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Greenidge brings history to life


HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Greenidge brings history to life

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THE HISTORIAN whose works have become authorities on the island’s two major towns, Bridgetown and Holetown, has turned his pen to the women who once ruled Bridgetown’s tourism industry.

Author Morris Greenidge yesterday launched his newest work, a historically based drama which centres around one of the City’s most famous hoteliers Caroline Lee, the woman after whom a sweet potato got its name.

Entitled Just Call Me Madam, a reference to the fact that the hotel on Broad Street, where First Citizens Bank is now located, was also a brothel, the novel is set around the time of Emancipation, and weaves such characters as fellow female hotelier Betsy Austin and Rachel Pringle; Methodist Ann Gill; abolitionist and the first coloured person to enter the House of Assembly, Samuel Jackman Prescod, and even Nanny Grig from the Bussa revolution, into its storyline as it shows the fight to free slaves in a different light.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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