Celebrating African Awareness Month

Bishop Marlon Jones of the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church raises his hands in supplication at this morning’s homage.


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.

Barbadians taking to the sea at Carlisle Bay with flowers to pay homage to ancestors who perished on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Their bodies that were thrown overboard and many washed up on these shores.

“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.



2 Responses to Celebrating African Awareness Month

  1. Cole Tanner
    Cole Tanner February 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Bishop Jones now has his own church I believe, not Sons of God. Wonderful turn out.

  2. Marcia Clarke February 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    The memories!!


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