Bermuda history is unquestionably intertwined with black history. Finding ways to learn more about this important part of local culture is a great way to connect with your kids. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Visit The Slave Trade and Bermuda exhibit at The National Museum of Bermuda

Located on the first floor of The Commissioner’s House, this exhibit explores the 200 years of slavery in Bermuda and the New World Slave Trade. First-person narratives, images, objects and shipwreck artifacts detail the evolution of trans-Atlantic slavery and its link to our island. The exhibit showcases the artisan and maritime occupations of Bermudian slaves and free men, as well as their skill, faith, resistance, and solidarity.

Walk the African Diaspora Heritage Trail

With places to visit from East to West, the African Diaspora Heritage Trail offers you and your kids the chance to walk in the footsteps of legendary Bermudians of African descent who forged great legacies in the face of persecution. Visit the home of Mary Prince, a woman born into slavery who went on to become a celebrated abolitionist after publishing an autobiographical account of her experience. Hunt for sculptures around the city of Hamilton, like “AGAINST DA TIDE”, “We Arrive”, and “When Voices Arise” and learn why they’re there. Travel to the ends of the island to explore the Bermuda Heritage Museum, Pilot Darrell’s Square, or Jeffrey’s Cave at Spittal Pond, just to name a few. For more information, see Exploring Bermuda’s African Diaspora Heritage Trail.

Browse African books and artwork at The Griot

Located on Parliament Street in the city of Hamilton, The Griot is “a shared cultural space and retail store for the African diaspora to explore their cultural identity through historical exploration of literature, art, spirituality and cultural connection.” You can attend a community discussion, browse a variety of books from African authors, admire artwork, or even purchase African artisan crafts. This is a unique and intimate way you and your children can connect to black history.

Read The History of Mary Prince as a family

Mary Prince, born in Bermuda, was the first black woman to publish an autobiography of her experience as a slave. She was sold numerous times around the Caribbean and was eventually brought to England. She dictated her life story to Susanna Strickland, who wrote down the narrative. It was published in 1831.
While Ms Prince’s firsthand descriptions of the brutalities of enslavement are not easy to read, it is an important work you can share and discuss with your mature child or teen. The History of Mary Prince is available at bookstores island-wide.

Support Bermuda’s black-owned businesses

Celebrate the success and innovation of the island’s black-owned businesses with your teen. You could fill a day with visits to the many local spots run by some of Bermuda’s best. Whether you’re indulging in delectable treats, shopping for vintage items or high fashion, getting a mani/pedi, or even booking a fishing charter, you’ll find endless opportunities to spend some quality time with your kids while supporting fantastic businesses. See our list of top black-owned businesses linked here.