Leaders Reflect on Cultural Connections, Troubled History with Barbados – Charleston City Paper

A weeklong business and cultural exchange in Barbados by 53 Charleston leaders forged new friendships and experiences that may pay off for the Holy City. But the trip to observe the 25th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Charleston and the Barbados seaside village of Speightstown also served as a somber reminder that free labor of enslaved Africans helped Barbados to prosper, just as it helped to establish the Carolina colony three and a half centuries ago.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg joined the group for talks on business, cultural exchanges and climate change.

The recent October visit may strengthen the city’s bond with Barbados and broaden the understanding of it, said Rhoda Green, Barbados’ honorary consul to South Carolina. Leader of a similar trip 25 years ago, Green is president of the Carolina Legacy Foundation and is synonymous with the Lowcountry’s Barbados connection.

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