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UWI to honour slave boy

Sir Hilary (left) at this evening’s function.

Sir Hilary (left) at this evening’s function.

Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, has announced that a plaque honouring one of the 295 slaves who worked on the 110 acres of land which make up the campus will be unveiled to mark the 50th anniversary of that tertiary education institution.

Sir Hilary made this announcement today at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, while speaking at the opening session of presentations made by distinguised historians drawn from the Institute of Early American History and Culture.

He told his audience that through research undertaken by retired Professor of History at the Cave Hill Campus, Sir Woodville Marshall, it was unearthed that the campus was made up of three sugar plantations on which 295 slaves worked.

Sir Hilary went on to say that one of the slaves who worked on the plantation during slavery was a 12 year old boy named Quaw Williams from the West African country of Guinea. He said that Quam was a slave of “acute intellect” who later became a Sunday school teacher and a sexton in the Anglican Church of the day.

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