‘Days of Slavery’ exhibition travels to St. Maarten, Saba

The “Days of Slavery on St. Eustatius” exhibition, put together by St. Eustatius Historical Foundation (SEHF) and St. Eustatius Centre for Archaeology (SECAR) for the Historical Museum, is travelling to St. Maarten and Saba, writes The Daily Herald.

Historical Museum guide Misha Spanner (left) handing over the fragments to archaeologist Joost Morsink, who will bring them to St. Maarten and Saba.
Historical Museum guide Misha Spanner (left) handing over the fragments to archaeologist Joost Morsink, who will bring them to St. Maarten and Saba.

A scaled-down travelling version of the exhibition will be on show, first at the international conference of International Association of Caribbean Archaeology (IACA) that starts today, Monday, at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino, before it will go to the St. Maarten Museum and then on to Saba.

Because of the wealth of artefacts available on Statia, the existing exhibition in the Museum will not be affected.

However, two special objects will travel along; two ceramic fragments found on Statia. One has the word “FREED” on it and the other “1863,” the year slaves were emancipated in the Dutch kingdom. The pieces fit together and are parts of an item made especially to commemorate this monumental event.

The exhibition was opened by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima and its travelling was made possible through a grant from Mondriaan Fund.

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