300 Year Old Cemetery Destroyed – Our Dead Disrespected
On Saturday, August 11, 2007, a man without a conscience, without a sense of history, drove a bulldozer through the 242 year old tomb of Sara – the first black Moravian Church convert in Barbados.
The entire cemetery was systematically destroyed as the construction machines rolled over the tombs and graves containing the remains of both our slave and free ancestors.
It really doesn’t matter much what happens now because the cemetery is rubble. Almost 300 years of history erased with the expenditure of a little diesel fuel and the movement of a few levers and pedals.
Who Is Responsible For This?
The Moravian Church Grand View cemetery has been the subject of an ongoing legal action in the Barbados courts since 1999.
Like so many other cases before our courts, the parties have been waiting for justice for so long that one side obviously acted either out of frustration of justice delayed, or because the delay left a window for them to act without fear of admonishment by the court.
Eight years waiting for justice and still before the slow-as-molasses Barbados courts.
How can there be justice when so many cases aren’t even close to settlement after over a decade before the courts?
How can there be justice when it is well known that files “go missing” in our system? How can there be justice when some of our judges – including the Chief Justice – were part of the very BLP government that is sometimes a party in cases?
Eight years still waiting for justice – and then somebody weighed the risks and said “The courts are nothing. I will settle this dispute right now with my bulldozer.”
Blame that bulldozer driver and his employer – but blame the Barbados Courts as well. All are guilty.
And then there is the matter of the law. Barbados is a country without laws and without the rule of law. Oh, we do have some laws, but our elites prefer not to enact proper laws for much of anything – lest the laws be used against them.
Thus we have no environmental laws, no integrity rules, no rules against driving while having over a certain limit of alcohol in the body and on and on and on. And where we do have laws, the elites violate them without fear. Even upper crust murderers get a break.
So we have no law against desecrating a graveyard or digging in a known gravesite – as many other civilized jurisdictions do.
Eight years waiting for justice and still before the courts.
That’s not justice. That’s not an indication of a government that respects the law and the rule of law enough to properly fund a cornerstone of our society.
Eight years waiting for justice and still before the courts…
The Nation News: 300 Years Of History Destroyed