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Weʼre raising £20,000 to build a circle of remembrance in honour of the forgotten people of Barbados

Huntingdon, UK

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The forgotten people of Barbados.

During the Civil War in the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, born in Huntingdon, saw the slave trade as a way to clear the lands of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, of Prisoners of War, Royalist and Catholics and had them transported to Barbados. It’s documented that whether they were sold as a slave or indentured labour all suffered the same unjust treatment. It broke my heart when I read their story. We also discovered that there are direct descendants still living on the east side of the island, who suffer the effects of what happened to their ancestors known as Red Legs or Poor Whites. This part of their history has been distorted and those from this community have been misunderstood.

Because someone from my hometown of Huntingdon caused this injustice, I knew I was being called to do something. They need to know we care. As one Scottish minister said, “these are our kin”.

We believe that a memorial stone will play a key role to enable all Barbadians to know the truth.

The stone will be placed on a plinth in front of the remains of an old plantation windmill, which also needs to be made safe. The project is to create a ‘Circle of Remembrance’ which will include three seating areas, with planting between each one and two gateways for people to enter.

The stone will be shipped to Barbados just as those unfortunate people were.

Please help us show these people they are not forgotten anymore.

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  • Shirley Bowers9 months ago
    Shirley Bowers

    Shirley Bowers

    9 months ago

    We are returning on March 9th to check on progress. As always, this is at our own expense. This will be the final visit before May 20th (when the service of dedication and unveiling will take place), so there is much to do and funds to raise in the coming short weeks. Thank you for your help so far. Please share.

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  • Shirley Bowers9 months ago
    Shirley Bowers

    Shirley Bowers

    9 months ago

    A quick update on the current progress: • The memorial stone is ready in Ireland to be shipped to Barbados, the cost of which still has to be covered. • Anthony Hunte from Huntes Gardens in Barbados will be taking care of the planting. As the soil is poor, we have been requested to purchase quality soil. We are, of course, happy to do this, but again, the cost of soil and plants is yet to be covered.

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  • Shirley Bowers9 months ago
    Shirley Bowers

    Shirley Bowers

    9 months ago

    Thank you so much for your donations so far. We have raised over £8000 which has enabled us to begin work on the memorial. However, there is quite a way to go if we are to cover all the costs. So we were wondering if you would be able to share this around in hope that we might be able to reach more people and raise more funds… We have a 15 minute video which we would love for you to watch and share as much as possible. It explains the history in brief and how we got to where we are. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/5CnNyVB0KgE

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 13, 2020

    Dear Shirley & teamJust wanted to send you this donation towards the cost of the circle of remembrance.We hope & pray that all of the funds come in & that the many will be blessed.stephen&georgina

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 7, 2020

    £3.00

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    Anonymous

    Mar 14, 2020

  • Mary

    Mary

    Mar 8, 2020

    May the Holy Spirit anoint this work of reconciliation and bring much fruit from it.

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 5, 2020

    May God bless this project and all of you at Arise Ministry. Thank you for caring & showing the love of Jesus

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 3, 2020

    As you radiate God's love to others Shirley may you know that same love upholding and enfolding you.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 29, 2020

    Well done Shirley, the Lord is with you, press on! And well done to your son also, every blessing to you and all the team at Arise Ministries, Ian and Heather

    £90.00

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Shirley Bowers

Shirley Bowers

Huntingdon, UK

I am Shirley Bowers, speaker, leader of Arise Ministries and author of From History to Hope.

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