Nelson versus Bussa Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 

Alright.  It occurs to me that in my previous post I forgot to include a link to the Bussa statue.  This might therefore be as good a place as any to outline the differences between official history and public memory as reflected in monuments and aesthetics in Barbados.  I do this by exploring two major concepts inspired by Greenblatt’s resonance and wonder: visibility, and accessibility.

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The 1816 Rebellion Wednesday, Nov 9 2011 

In the 1990s a Guyanan-born sculptor by the name of Karl Broodhagen unveiled his memorial to the 1816 slave rebellion (also known as Bussa’s Rebellion): a statue of a slave, crouched and with broken chains hanging from his wrists, in the middle of the JTC Ramsey Roundabout just north of Bridgetown. It was, to put it mildly, a source of controversy. Why might this be?

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