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Sugar-cane cutters in Jamaica, Caribbean

Historic Photographs

Object connections:

Collection Historic Photographs, Michael Graham-Stewart collection, Special collections
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID ZBA2612
Description Albumen print. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection (Mounted with ZBA2613; with another photograph above, 'W.I. Band') These two photographs show life in Jamaica in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The sugar industry, although in decline in this period, did not end with the emancipation of slaves in 1838. Instead it continued, with black people becoming employees rather than slaves. As these images suggest, however, emancipation did not bring equality, nor did it end the rigours of working in the cane fields. This failure on the part of plantation owners and the colonial governments significantly to improve the day-to-day conditions and rights of ex-slaves and their descendents provoked resentment, and occasionally rebellion, among people in the Caribbean.
Date made circa 1880

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Jamaica
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials albumen
Measurements 175 x 227 mm
  • Sugar-cane cutters in Jamaica, Caribbean (ZBA2612)
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