Work halts as remains are found in slave valley

A human grave was disturbed during roadworks in Rupert’s Valley, St Helena Government has reported. Remains are likely to be those of liberated Africans, brought ashore when the island was used as a base for captured slave-running ships. Basil Read, the airport contractor halted work as soon as the remains were found on 12 December […]

Slavery tourists to voyage into island’s dark past

Slavery is to become the theme of a educational cruise on the RMS St Helena, island tourism chief Cathy Alberts has revealed. It will tie in with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery in December. It will also draw on the excavation of the remains of 400 Africans from captured slave-running ships that were […]

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 […]

More human bones could be found in island’s slave valley

Further human remains could yet be disturbed as work continues on St Helena’s airport project, a source has cautioned. It’s been confirmed that “a number of human bones” were found on Friday 14 September 2012, on ground being used by construction firm Basil Read as a laydown area for equipment and materials. More than 300 […]

‘Dumped’ human remains found in slave valley

Human remains have been found on the site of the bulk fuel farm in Rupert’s Valley, reports Saint FM. The station says it is likely they had previously been unearthed at another site and “dumped” further up the valley. They are almost certainly the remains of Africans who arrived on St Helena, dead or dying, […]

Listen online: what slave graves mean for St Helena

If you missed Saint FM’s broacasts on the excavation of 300 human skeletons on St Helena, don’t worry: the programmes are still available as two podcasts on St Helena Online.  The discoveries in Rupert’s Valley in 2008 brought new insight into the horrors aboard slave-running “pirate” ships in the 19th Century. The skeletons were those of Africans who […]

PODCASTS: Hear the story of St Helena’s anti-slavery fight

When a Lieutenant Wilcox declared that his men were too exhausted to haul the dead out to sea any more, it brought home the horror of St Helena’s role in ending the “depravity” of the slave trade. The Lieutenant’s complaint is recalled in one of two audio podcasts produced for St Helena Online. They describe […]

Slavery role should boost World Heritage case, says expert

A cave system in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar has been put forward for World Heritage Site status, along with the UK’s famous Forth Bridge. But a member of the original selection panel says St Helena’s own case for the accolade should be looked at again. Dr Mike Pienkowski says new information about its role in […]

Slideshow: St Helena’s slave graveyard

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A note from Simon: the launch of the new book about the excavation of the slave graveyard in Rupert’s Valley was fabulous and fascinating. Professor Mark Horton – sometime presenter on the BBC’s Coast series – said that the island’s role in the abolition of slave-running during its most savage era was of far greater […]