When the Barbados Museum and Historical Society continues its 2009 lecture series “Slavery in Barbados” next week, the local slave laws will come under the microscope.

That lecture, entitled “For the Better Ordering and Governing of Negroes: The Barbados Slave Laws”, will take place on Tuesday, February 24. It will be delivered by Professor Emeritus, at the Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies, Woodville Marshall.

The following lecture on Tuesday, March 3, will be presented by Dr. Nancy Jacobs and Museum Director, Alissandra Cummins and is entitled “How the Enslaved Were Perceived: Images of Slavery.”

On Tuesday, March 10, Dr. Karl Watson will speak on the topic “The Enslaved in the Rural Areas” while the following Tuesday, March 17, Dr. Pedro Welch will focus on “The Enslaved in Town.”

The lecture series continues on March 24, with Dr. Tara Inniss delivering a presentation on “How the Enslaved Lived: Gender and Family Issues”, while on March 31, Dr. Marcia Burrowes will examine “How the Enslaved Lived: Independent Social and Cultural Activity.”

The penultimate lecture, “Slavery from the Ground Up: The Archaeological Evidence” will take place on Tuesday, April 7, and will be presented by Dr. Thomas Loftfield.

The series concludes the following week, Tuesday, April 14, with Professor Alvin Thompson speaking on the topic, “Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery.”
All other lectures will be held at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St. Michael, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The series is being held in conjunction with the Department of History of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, St. Ann’s Garrison, St. Michael at 427-0201/436-1956 or e-mail www.barbmuse.org.bb.

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