Role of enslaved Africans in building and protecting the Dockyard remembered


We continue to pay tribute to the work and sacrifice of enslaved Africans in the building and protection of the Dockyard.


This past Sunday was memorable as we honoured the memory of soldiers of the West Indian Regiment at a graveside ceremony.


Our research team at the Heritage Department, through our groundbreaking 8th of March project, recently discovered a burial site where nine of these soldiers were laid to rest.


The West Indian regiment was made up of all enslaved soldiers who were forcibly enlisted to serve in the British army.


Our team lead a hike to the burial site at Middle Ground in the hills above the Dockyard where the story of the soldiers and other enslaved persons who occupied the area was shared.


It was attended by Governor General’s Deputy Sir Clare Roberts, Resident British Commissioner Lindsy Thompson, members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force along with other officials and community members.

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