Sugar Mills, St John, U.S. Virgin Islands

January’s museum club meeting was one of the most pleasant to date- it was on the Caribbean island of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Much of this island is the Virgin Islands National Park. We visited two ruins of sugar plantations that dated from the 1720s and were operated by Dutch owners and African slaves. The photos above are from the Annaberg Sugar Mill and the ones below are from the Cinnamon Bay Mill nature trail. The final photo shows the grave of the Dutch owner’s wife, now completely surrounded by forest. A nearby plaque points out that although the owners received elaborate grave markers, enslaved persons who died were buried in unmarked graves.

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Author: Emily

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