The Emancipation Statue which made in the likeness of local slave ranger Bussa, commemorates the 1816 rebellion – which was led by Bussa and involved 2000 slaves – and served as the catalyst for emancipation. (FILE)
GENERAL BUSSA’S STORY causes debate among many historians. Although mysterious and historically murky General Bussa became to be known as the leader of Barbados' first “slave” uprising which began Sunday, April 4, 1816.
Even though the rebellion failed and General Bussa was executed, he is and will be remembered as a freedom fighter.
Bussa was portrayed by Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) Assistant Information Officer, Jamal Hall and the script was written by Information Officer, Aisha Reid.
The production was filmed in the historical and beautiful grounds of Wildey House, the headquarters of the Barbados National Trust and the costumes were provided by the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. This series is the brain child of the BGIS’ Social Media and Web Department which is loosely conceived from the Canadian series Titans.
This segment is produced by Esther Jones and Kathyann Husbands; directed by Esther Jones; filmed by Anthony Husbands, Jamal Weekes and photography directed and edited by Mikul Elcock.
The creative team of Glenn Brathwaite (Wardrobe Master) Helene Headley (Hair & Makeup) and Kim Ramsay-Moore (Hair & Makeup Assistant) make the characters jump off the pages of the history books.
The crew was made up of the BGIS Social Media Department which includes: Sheena Hamilton, Sharifa Medford, Ronny Yearwood, Sharon Nelson, Aisha Reid, Jamal Hall, Jamal Weekes, Esther Jones and managed by Kathyann Husbands. (BGIS)