Jamaica Hiking: Slave Quarters
Hike to an abandon slave quarters, located in St. Thomas Parish, close to Mokko's and on the way to the Rasta Family's house. It was made by the hands of slaves out of white lime and cow shit, mixed with water brought from a nearby stream. All of the rocks are from the surrounding area.
The building sits on top of a hill and is the most well built building in the area. At one time it was three stories high and is entirely built of stone, even the roof. The roof collapsed about 10-15 years ago.
Mokko says the slave quarters is a bad place. It certainly had bad things happen there. Experiencing a visit there is bound to illicit strong emotion, as all of us are tied up in this tragedy of human history in one way or another.
There is some interest among some of the young people of the area in rebuilding this magnificent structure, turning the sins of the past into the opportunities of the future. Maybe white lime and cow shit mixed with clean cool spring water is a beautiful metaphor for the abandon slaves quarters past and present.
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