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Simplicity, Equality, and SlaveryAn Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780$
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John M. Chenoweth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400110

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400110.001.0001

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“Furnished with Convenience for a Meeting House”

“Furnished with Convenience for a Meeting House”

Simplicity and Meetinghouses

(p.88) Chapter 4 “Furnished with Convenience for a Meeting House”
Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery

John M. Chenoweth

University Press of Florida

Members of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Quaker community also seem to have been particularly concerned with physical markers of their group on the landscape: meetinghouses. One expression of the idea of simplicity among Quakers elsewhere was the fact that the Quaker form of worship takes place without formal programs, hymns, or lectures, and can be conducted anywhere, even outside; yet BVI Quakers placed special emphasis on the building of meetinghouses. At least two and possibly more were built during the meeting’s twenty-year history, including at Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola, and these structures were unique as civic buildings in the BVI at the time. The buildings also took on different meanings to different members and this discussion begins to uncover conflict among the Tortola Meeting members over how Quaker ideals are best understood and how they change to suit the Caribbean context of the group.

Keywords:   Quakerism, Meetinghouse, civic Buildings, British Virgin Islands, Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola Meeting, Simplicity

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