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Honoring Ancestors in Sacred Space: The Archaeology of an Eighteenth-Century African-Bahamian Cemetery

Grace Turner


This book examines the history of a black cemetery through archaeology. Archaeological evidence suggests that the cemetery was deliberately established on the waterfront in the early eighteenth century by a black community on the east side of the main town, Nassau, Bahamas. It is important to understand that, though this cemetery was officially sanctioned and maintained by the Anglican Church, the black community intentionally established a separate cemetery in order to observe some non-European burial customs, such as the location near water, leaving personal items on graves, planting a tree ... More

Keywords: black cemetery, non-European burial customs, Nassau, Bahamas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781683400202
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grace Turner, author
Antiquities, Monuments & Museum Corporation