Thursday, May 29, 2008
British Baptist Apologize for Slave Trade in Jamaica
In March 2007, then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his deep sorrow on the 200th anniversary of the law that ended the slave trade, but did not make a direct apology.
This past Tuesday,a delegation of British Baptists apologized for Britain's role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, saying it repented for the scourge that claimed millions of lives and shaped the Caribbean's history.
«We have heard the pain of our hurting brothers and sisters and we have heard God speaking to us.
On 25, 1807, Britain's Slave Trade Act prohibited British ships from transporting slaves, although Britain did not abolish slavery in its overseas territories until 1833.
Slaves in Jamaica and across the Caribbean were forced to work on plantations, harvesting sugar, tobacco and spices.