Flowers for a St Helena slave

A small wreath rests on the grave of Samuel Ally, a St Helena slave boy who won his freedom, only to die as a teenager on an island far away. The ring of ivy and bright flowers was laid in an Isle of Man churchyard, connecting Samuel once more with his homeland, 190 years on. St Helena councillor Mervyn […]

Life of a St Helena slave to be marked with a wreath

Samuel Ally's gravestone with a lot of script engraved on it.

Samuel Ally was born a slave on St Helena but won his freedom – only to die, still a teenager, on another island 5,000 miles away. Now tribute is to be paid to his memory. His story had been all-but forgotten on St Helena, though not completely lost. But on the Isle of Man, where […]