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Adjaye Set to Create Memorial to West African Slaves in Barbados

With Barbados severing its ties with Britain and establishing itself as an independent republic, the country has also embarked on a program to study and commemorate its troubled history with slavery. Commissioning famed architect, David Adjaye, the government is creating a museum, memorial, and research center dedicated to examining the impact of slavery and honoring the many slaves who are buried at the site. Set to be built on Newton Plantation, next to the Newton Enslaved Burial Ground, the Newton Enslaved Burial Ground Memorial is designed to commemorate an estimated 570 West African slaves who are buried on the site. The memorial structure will have 570 vertical timber columns topped with circular brass plates arranged in rows on top of a mound made from rammed earth.