BUXTON-FRIENDSHIP – 170th ANNIVERSARY

BUXTON-FRIENDSHIP – 170th ANNIVERSARY

The village of Buxton is situated on the East Coast, in the county of  Demerara. It lies within Guyana’s Demerara-Mahaica Region 4,  approximately 12 miles east of the capital city of Georgetown, and is part of the Buxton-Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council. April 2010 will mark the 170th anniversary of the purchase of this former plantation by 128 previously enslaved African descendants.

On 1st August, 1838, slavery was officially abolished in Guyana. But for four years preceding this occurrence, the slaves served a period of apprenticeship through which they earned small amounts of compensation for their labour. From their meagre wages, they resolutely saved some of their earnings, which they later pooled to purchase abandoned plantations.

It should be noted that although Victoria was purchased before Buxton, Buxton obtained its transport first on 2nd January, 1841. Following the first such purchase of what is now Victoria Village, in November 1839, by 83 former slaves, 128 of their fellow labourers from plantations between Lusignan and Non Pariel, East Coast Demerara, pooled their resources to acquire the 500-acre Plantation New Orange Nassau from its proprietor, James Archibald Holmes, for $50,000, in April 1840. The newly established village was renamed Buxton in honour of Thomas Fowell Buxton, a British Member of Parliament, who had campaigned tirelessly for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. …..continued click following link for the full article ….   Buxton-Friendship 170th Anniversary

( appeared in Guyanese Online Newsletter – March 2010-  page 11.)

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