If he did not marry one of them the money would ‘go to the ransom of any poor Christian seamen captured by the Barbary pirates of North Africa.’ Samuel refused and the money was invested instead.
It was the abolitionist Thomas Fowell Buxton who convinced the trustees that using the money to educate the freed slave children instead was in the spirit of lady Mico’s original intentions.
Did you know children initially worked until age eighteen? However, in 1862, it was further enacted that this period should be no less than three years. So a seventeen year-old had to work had to work until age twenty.
Source: A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen, Ellis & Devaux – 2012
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