Members of the Trevelyan family have delivered an apology today, to the people of Grenada for their ancestor’s role in the enslavement of hundreds of Africans on their plantations.
Laura along with her cousin John Dower read the apology on behalf of over 100 family members.
Sir John Trevelyan and his wife Louisa Simond owned about 1,000 enslaved persons on six plantations. They received £26,898, which is equal to about £3million in today’s money, as compensation for freeing their slaves.
In accepting the apology, Grenada Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell noted that Laura and her family did not have to do it.
“I appreciate that some of our fellow citizens may see this as tokenism, as an attempt to pacify us, but I am satisfied that sometimes even tokenism is a step in the right direction. They did not have to do this” Mitchell stated.