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Gems Collected: A Sierra Leonean’s trip to Trinidad & Tobago

Gems Collected: A Sierra Leonean’s trip to Trinidad & Tobago

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On his Social Media page, Massally stated:

For those of you who have been following what we have been doing, you can easily recall our re-link with the Trelwany Town and Portland Maroons of Jamaica. We also reconnected with our kinfolk in Carriacou, Grenada. Of course our connections with Sierra Leonean Americans and the Gullahs of the US have been well established. With regard to Trinidad and Tobago we also have seen evidence of our links, but nothing substantive like we have in Jamaica, Carriacou and the US.

My curiosity, if it was waning, was revamped during my last visit to Grenada over the past couple of weeks! Walking along some streets in the Savannah looking for a gathering, we ran into an old wall on which was engraved in bold letters: “FREETOWN!” And because I know Belmont was once called Freetown (or at least some part of it) I reflected… could this have been the city compound. This wall has a crack and will soon fall if not saved as a historic commemoration of Africans in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Akindele Decker is a Sierra Leonean poet and writer with ancestral links across West Africa and the other side of the Atlantic. He resides in Maryland, USA with his family. www.akindeletmdecker.com

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