Remembering slaves’ struggle for religious freedom

  • Titan Express Ltd is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour every Saturday throughout October. It teaches people about the struggles faced by enslaved and free blacks who wanted religious freedom

(Photograph supplied)

    Titan Express Ltd is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour every Saturday throughout October. It teaches people about the struggles faced by enslaved and free blacks who wanted religious freedom (Photograph supplied)

  • Rashida Godwin is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour (File photograph)

    Rashida Godwin is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour (File photograph)

  • Titan Express Ltd is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour every Saturday throughout October. The Sally Bassett statue in front of the Cabinet Building is one of the sites visited (Photograph supplied)

    Titan Express Ltd is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour every Saturday throughout October. The Sally Bassett statue in front of the Cabinet Building is one of the sites visited (Photograph supplied)

  • Titan Express Ltd is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour every Saturday throughout October (Photograph supplied)

    Titan Express Ltd is offering The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour every Saturday throughout October (Photograph supplied)


It teaches people about the struggles faced by enslaved and free blacks who wanted religious freedom.

Ms Godwin’s company, Titan Express Ltd, started The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour in February however the coronavirus pandemic soon ended it.

High demand led her to offer it again for the month of October.

“We enjoy sharing history and we wanted to share stories that have not often been told of the enslaved and, later, free blacks and their struggle for religious freedom,” she said, adding that was aimed at believers as well as non-believers. “On the tour you will hear stories of their persistence and resistance to have this freedom.

“We are inspired to speak truth to power and give a voice to those who would have not had a voice during that time, and we need to ensure that their stories are being told.”

It’s one of several tours Titan Express is offering to connect residents and visitors with the experiences of people of African descent in Bermuda.

“We call our tours a sankofa journey, which is an Akan proverb from Ghana and it means ‘to go back and fetch it’,” Ms Godwin said. “In order to understand the present you have to explore the past and use that information to build a better future as it is our responsibility as we are here, to make the future better.”

The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour will encourage people to examine Bermuda’s religious history in a way that it usually isn’t, she added.

“If you are a part of a community — whether faith-based or not — it is important to understand how and why this community was formed. As we mature, it is important to give things more perspective, and make more informed decisions and not continue doing things just because they’ve always been done that way.

“Bermuda is Britain’s oldest colony and since that time Bermuda has also been a Christian community, which is a part of our collective history and culture. Therefore, it is important to know how black people became Christians and what is the story and backdrop behind it.”

Local author and historian Ajala Omodele will accompany Ms Godwin on the tour which will take people to Warwick to visit Cobbs Hill Methodist Church and the enslaved graveyard at the rubber tree on Middle Road, and to the Sally Bassett sculpture outside the Cabinet Building in Hamilton.

Understanding that race and religion can be sensitive subjects, Ms Godwin hopes that the tour equips people to have better conversations on them.

“Once people develop a better and more thorough understanding of race and religion then they will be open to have discussions but first, and most importantly, they need to understand the history, and then an openness will follow.”

The Enslaved Struggle for Religious Freedom Bus Tour will run at 10am every Saturday this month. For more information: www.titantoursbermuda.com; 234-1096

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Published Oct 3, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 3, 2020 at 7:27 am)

Remembering slaves’ struggle for religious freedom

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