Celebrating African Awareness Month
Barbadians, led by the Pan-African Coalition of Organizations (PACO), this morning celebrated the start of African Awareness Month with a flower tribute to the ancestors who perished at sea during the slave trade.
Amid much drumming, singing, reading of the bible and preaching, persons gathered at Brownes Beach to pay homage to those taken from the west coast of Africa for the slave trade, but who died on the journey and were thrown overboard.
“There are winds and ocean currents that bring anything [that] leaves specific points off the coast of West Africa, into the Caribbean,” explained PACO member Tony Reid.
“One of the areas that those winds and currents deposit things is right in Carlisle Bay. What we are looking at is all those ancestors who perished.”
Reid said the conservative estimate of the number of people brought from West Africa to the Americas on the Middle Passage stood at between 10 and 15 million.
“They say that 10 per cent of those that left did not arrive on the coast in the Americas . . . and it is those that we gathered here this morning to pay homage to,” he said.