Barbados – Bayley’s Plantation

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits "Electric Avenue" and Romancing The Stone," with Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits “Electric Avenue” and Romancing The Stone,” with Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

I recently travelled to Barbados with my husband on a business/pleasure trip, to discover one of the jewels of the Caribbean. Barbados is 21 miles (34 km) by 14 miles (23 km), the population is about 300,000, with the residents residing throughout the eleven parishes on the island.

There are two seasons in Barbados; the wet season, which runs May thru December and the dry season, which runs December thru April. The average daytime high temperature in Barbados is 86 F (30 C). The temperature was definitely a welcome relief after leaving the stinging cold and feeling the warmth of the Bajan sun.

The currency in Barbados is the Barbadian dollar and the currency exchange is US$1 to BD2$.

 

Barbados 11 Parishes

Barbados Eleven Parishes – credit Google map

 

Map of Barbados - Credit Google Map

Map of Barbados – Credit Google Map

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

 

Kelvin Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

Kelvin Kellman at Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Kelvin Kellman, soaking up some Barbados sun and cool ocean breeze

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman and Kelvin Kellman, soaking up some Barbados sun and cool ocean breeze

 

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits "Electric Avenue" and Romancing The Stone," Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Kelvin Kellman, and Curtez Kellman

Eddy Grant, International Musician, known for hits “Electric Avenue” and Romancing The Stone,” Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, Kelvin Kellman, and Curtez Kellman

Kelvin and I stayed with our relatives, the Grant/Kellman families on Bayley’s Plantation (this is a private residence and not available for public tours), it is located in St. Philip Parish, east on the island. Bayley’s Plantation was set up by Joseph Bayley, between 1719 – 1738. He owned 350 African slaves and by 1812 had expanded his plantation to 444 acres.

Bayley's Plantation - The original structure of the main plantation house

Bayley’s Plantation – The original structure of the main plantation house

 

Bayley's Plantation - The original structure of the main plantation house

Bayley’s Plantation – The original structure of the main plantation house

World renowned recording artist, Eddy Grant known for his hits Electric Avenue and Romancing The Stone, among many others, presently owns and resides on Bayleys Plantation, the largest former slave plantation in Barbados. The main plantation house still stands today; this is where Eddy Grant has his recording studio.

As I treaded on the sacred grounds, the experience was quite surreal sensing the curiosity, being given the authorization and feeling the warm welcome of the ancestral spirits. I felt hope and comfort as I stood next to the original slave chapel; I experienced a void as I sat under the massive tree where slaves were “hung like strange fruit.” And while sitting in original slave dwelling quarters, I was overwhelmed by the unrecorded stories of disappointments, the feelings of fear, sorrow, pain, loss and hopelessness. If only the walls would tell me the secrets!

 

Bayley's Plantation - The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman standing in front of the tree where the plantation slaves were whipped and lynched.

Bayley's Plantation - The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

Bayley’s Plantation – The tree still stands where the plantation slaves were lynched

 

Bayley's Plantation - Plaque dedicated by the Government of Barbados, recognizing the freedom fighters

Bayley’s Plantation – Plaque dedicated by the Government of Barbados, recognizing the freedom fighters

The plantation is important in the history of Barbados because of the April 16, 1816 revolt in Barbados against the white plantation owners led by a slave named Bussa. He was taken out of Africa and brought to Bayley’s Plantation;  Bussa led the largest slave uprising of 400 against troops of the First West India Regiment, which began at Bayley’s Plantation and spread to other neighbouring plantations. Bussa was killed in the revolt; however, he remains a hero in Barbados for his fight for the freedom of enslaved Africans (Bussa’s Rebellion).

Statue of Bussa

Statue of Bussa – Credit Internet

Over 70,000 Barbadians of African descent took to the streets singing the Barbadian folk song:

Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin (Queen Victoria). De Queen come from England to set we free Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin” (old.antislavery.org)

It was a privilege to spend time on sacred grounds, where freedom fighters once lived, and died fighting for what we take for granted today. I can say with assurance, their names have been recorded on the right side of history; for which we continue to salute and celebrate them.

Bayley's Plantation - Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds, to return home to Canada.

Bayley's Plantation - Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds

Bayley’s Plantation – Vanessa Ferguson Kellman walking with Curtez Kellman as she takes the final trek on the sacred grounds.

“A people without knowledge of their history is like a tree without roots.”  ~Marcus Garvey~

Thank you for stopping by the blog, I always enjoy sharing with you!

I want to thank you for a fun-filled journey; 2015 has been an amazing year. Thank you for your love and support, I sincerely appreciate it.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, safe and successful 2016!  See you again in the new year! xox

 

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc. is President & Founder of Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & The Etiquette Society

For Makeup and Etiquette updates – follow my blog   white SAND & YELLOW diamond

Photography by Kelvin Kellman.

References:  http://old.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence/slave_routes/slave_routes_barbados.shtml

http://www.barbados-beaches-plus.com/bayleys-plantation.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bussa%27s_Rebellion

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2013/03/03/eddy-grant-the-ringbang-man-and-a-national-icon-is-a-special-person/

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Barbados – Bayley’s Plantation

  1. Another most excellent post Mrs. Kellman. This post is extremely informative, and provides a wonderful, and brief synopsis of Bajan history – specifically as it relates to one of it’s most historic former plantations, Bayley’s Plantation. The plantation and it’s surrounding grounds just ‘drips’ with so much history, and one cannot help but feel the powerful spirits of our ancestors, who once lived, worked and were enslaved there.
    It is such a wonderful testament to our resilience as a people, that a descendant of former slaves, now owns this former slave plantation, and historical piece of property in Barbados.
    We cannot be defeated, and we will always overcome!! Thank you Vanessa.

  2. Such a beautiful piece of history that we as Barbadians also need to teach our children . It echoes the greatness we can accomplish with the coming together of our people. This is such a God bless Island with rich resources and heritage . I only wish the celebration of Bussa was on a much larger scale as CropOver. I am proud to be a Barbadian.
    Thank you for relighting my flame .

    • Hello Suzette,

      Thank you kindly for reading my blog post and for your sentiments.

      Indeed we have a responsibility to share with the younger generation the struggles of the freedom fighters! Blood, sweat, tears and lives were lost for the freedoms we often take flippantly. I am confident, “The more you know of your history the more liberated you are.” ~Maya Angelou~

      Wishing you a very successful and prosperous 2016!

  3. That was a written excellently Vanessa! I was captured from beginning to end! I knew very little of Barbados history but I gained great insight from this article! Thank you for sharing and I wish you many more great success in 2016 Bahamian Beauty!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, Toneka! I am thrilled you found the blog post about Bayley’s Plantation enjoyable. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ~Maya Angelou~
      Wishing you all the best in 2016! May peace, everlasting joy, good health, success and prosperity be yours. xox

  4. Hello Vanessa:

    A well written piece on Barbados history. It serves to educate people, especially the younger generation, on the trials their ancestors faced but eventually triumphed over because of the courage of one determined slave, Bussa. Bussa is to Barbados what Cuffy is to Guyana. The presentation of the information in this blog can easily be translated into a book for young readers, especially those of Bajan heritage, to give them the history of how they are free today to live their lives without fear. I applaud your work. Kudos to you Vanessa and thanks for the history lesson.

    P.S. I’m sure Kelvin told you that Lennox and his family grew up in Plaisance, Guyana, with Eddie Grant.

    • Hi Carol,

      Thank you so much for taking time to read the blog post about Bussa. I celebrate and salute both Bussa and Cuffy’s legacy, they were mighty men of valor!
      I was also inspired by the life, work and contributions Eddy Grant has made on the world’s stage; Guyana should be proud of him.

      “Your Ancestors took the lash, the branding iron, humiliations and oppressions because one day they believed you would come along to flesh out the dream.” ~Maya Angelou~

      Wishing you a very happy, healthy, successful and prosperous 2016! xox

  5. I was in tears from beginning and right through the whole post. We don’t hear much about the resistance in Barbados so it is a good to have this for sure. Some will still like to have us in slavery again though a lot of us are self contain slaves from the choices of our lifestyles. Keep up the good work you’re doing and God Bless.

    • Hi!
      Thank you kindly for stopping by the blog, I appreciate hearing from you.
      “History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with
      courage, need not be lived again” Maya Angelou

      Take care and be well.

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