From Crape Myrtles To Long Houses, Charleston Is A ‘Big Barbados’ : NPR

Audio from NPR’s Morning Edition on July 21, 2015

This summer, Morning Edition is taking you on adventures off the beaten path — trails that transport us to a special, hidden place.

When Rhoda Green and her husband, Robert, moved from Harlem, N.Y., to Charleston, S.C., in the 1970s, the city seemed eerily familiar. They looked around and saw the same street names and architecture as the capital of their homeland, Barbados.

“I would tell Rhoda, ‘Hey look I was just in this place and all the names are the same thing. What is happening?” Robert Green says with a laugh while recalling their first few years. “We realized this place was a small Barbados, or a big Barbados I should say.”

Rhoda Green was so fascinated that she started digging deeper. As it turned out, Charleston is a “big Barbados.” In fact, there’s a unique connection between the Carolinas and Barbados that explains the similarities.

“The people that were here at the founding of this colony were from Barbados,” Rhoda says. “They were British, or British-born, they were the enslaved who worked on Barbados plantations and they were [Barbadian] indentured servants.”

Rhoda now runs the Barbados and The Carolinas Legacy Foundation and is an honorary consul for the island. She volunteers as a guide for visitors on a personalized trail that explores Charleston’s Caribbean history.

From the rice fields of the coastal Low Country through the downtown streets of the historic city, the tour traces the founding of the original Carolina colony — what is now North Carolina and South Carolina. The journey begins at the colony’s birthplace: Charles Towne Landing.

“Charles Towne, in 1670, was the ‘colony of a colony’ because Barbados was the most thriving colony of that time period of England,” says Park Manager Rob Powell. “And really, Charles Towne is a branch of the colony of Barbados.”

Continue reading from the Source: From Crape Myrtles To Long Houses, Charleston Is A ‘Big Barbados’ : NPR

Share this post with someone

Newsletter Updates

Enter your email address below to subscribe for updates