Participants at the wreath laying ceremony toss flowers in the sea. Photo: NGOVOU GYANG

Nearly 40 residents in white outfits stood on rocks on Wickhams Cay and tossed bougainvillea flowers into the ocean on Sunday afternoon.

The activity was the culmination of a wreath laying ceremony held in commemoration of slaves who died while being shipped from Africa during the Middle Passage.

During the event, which lasted nearly two hours, participants heard about the history of the slaves who were brought to the territory. Drs. Pat Turnbull, Catherine Smith and Quincy Lettsome were among the speakers.

The ceremony was held as part of activities for Black History Month, which originated in the United States.

 

See the Feb. 6, 2013 edition for full coverage.

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