The Sad History

Like much of the African coast there is a sad history that goes with where ever you are.  That is the slave history.

IMG_0910I won’t attempt to tell the slave story.  I will say Zanzibar was the primary East African slave trading port and the slaves sold in Zanzibar were taken to Arab countries, India and farther up the African coast

IMG_0918Above is a monument to the slaves sold in the Stone Town slave market.  Under a nearby building are several rooms left over from the time this originally had been a slave market.  These were the rooms where the slaves were held in conditions that killed a large number before they could be sold.  It is estimate 50,000 slaves were bought to Stone Town every year during a majority of the 19th century.

Christ Church, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Christ Church, Stone Town, Zanzibar

The first Anglican cathedral in Africa — Christ Church — was built upon the slave market beginning in 1873.

Altar of Christ Church

Altar of Christ Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. David Livingston (of “Dr. Livingston, I presume”) was a significant leader of the anti slavery movement.  He is remember in the church with a crucifix carved from the tree under which he was buried.

Crucifix was carved from the wood of the tree under which Dr. Livingston died at Chitambo village Ilala, Zambia in 1873, and under which his heart was buried.

Crucifix was carved from the wood of the tree under which Dr. Livingston died at Chitambo village Ilala, Zambia in 1873, and under which his heart was buried.

 

 

 

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