Our experience of going to the Bahamas was a trip to the past. Reading the only surviving plantation owner’s journal from the Bahamas, kept by Charles Farquharson, the last remaining slaveholder on the island of San Salvador, was deeply enriched by the on-site learning experiences at the ruins of his plantation, Prospect Hill. The knowledge that we gained through our opportunities for experiential learning are best reflected in the final projects that our class produced using Farquharson’s journal and writing in the voices, and from the perspectives of, the actual slaves living at Prospect Hill in 1831 and 1832. Through our projects, we sought to portray the slaves as humans with emotions, and not just as the property they were thought to be. Our presentation will focus on one particularly important event in Farquharson’s journal for which most of the entries are missing: a slave uprising, which enables us to portray the differing perspectives of individuals who were enslaved at Prospect Hill. In comparison with Farquharson’s journal, the fictional entries that we composed using a variety of historical sources attempt to explain the difference between master and slave during that time in the Bahamas and reflect, to the best of our ability, the experience of the enslaved on San Salvador.
Kirstin Anderson, ’13
Majors: History, Secondary Education
Ariel Harris, ’13
Angela Lubkeman, ’13
Courtney Olson, ’14
Majors: International Relations, Russian
Sponsor: Catherine Stewart