Book Launch from Barbados Museum for ‘Facing the Challenge of Emancipation’

The Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS) just officially launched the publication "Facing the Challenge of Emancipation: A Study of the Ministry of William Hart Coleridge, First Bishop of Barbados, 1824-1842."

The Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS) just officially launched the publication “Facing the Challenge of Emancipation: A Study of the Ministry of William Hart Coleridge, First Bishop of Barbados, 1824-1842.”

The concise book follows the ground-breaking period when William Hart Coleridge, the first Anglican bishop of Barbados and the Leewards, executed the new mandate of the Anglican church between 1824 and 1842.

Vice President of the BMHS Council, Sir Woodville Marshall, in his summary and mini-review explained when the British Government sought the Anglican Church to help in ameliorating the condition of enslaved peoples in the West Indian colonies.

Vice President of the BMHS Council, Sir Woodville Marshall, in his summary and mini-review explained when the British Government sought the Anglican Church to help in ameliorating the condition of enslaved peoples in the West Indian colonies.

As result, two new Sees of Jamaica and Barbados and the Leeward Islands were created in 1824 and two new Bishops were appointed, Coleridge and Christopher Lipscomb which led to heated exchanges and court cases according to Sir Woodville.

Professor Pedro Welch of the Cave Hill Campus and noted genealogical researcher gave brief remarks

Professor Pedro Welch of the Cave Hill Campus and noted genealogical researcher gave brief remarks

BMHS Director, Alissandra Cummins also gave brief remarks about the importance of continued research and publications such as these, she hopes more Barbadians will take time to explore their culture which has brought them to this point.

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