From March 3-March 8, 2019, 14 of the students enrolled in Africana Studies 329: Women and Slavery in the Black Atlantic travelled abroad to study the history of slavery in Barbados. This experience was funded with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Justice, Equality, and Community grant and the Davidson Research Initiative Group Investigation grant.
While we were abroad, we visited a variety of historical sites like Newton Slave Burial Ground, where approximately 570 enslaved persons were buried, and the Arlington House Museum. We also had the opportunity to speak with multiple historians from the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, including Dr. Henderson Carter, who took us on a day-long Emancipation Tour and Dr. Tara Inniss, who delivered a lecture to us about her research on health and medicine among enslaved women a children. Another highlight of our time in Barbados was our visit to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS), where we went on a tour, looked at archival materials, and spoke with the curatorial staff and deputy director of the museum about some of the primary sources available in the BMHS archives.
On this site, you will find students’ reflections about their learning experience in Barbados as well as photographs from our travels together.
– Dr. Nneka D. Dennie