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"The evolution of a society is said
to be measured by observing the way
it treats its elderly and its dead. In T&T,
we seem to have fallen dismally short
on both counts," writes historian Ange-
lo Bissessarsingh in the introduction
to his fascinating and highly inform-
ative book, Walking with the Ancestors
The Historic Cemeteries of Trinidad.
Only those people who have never
walked through the historic cemeteries
of Trinidad could possibly question or
not appreciate Bissessarsingh s monu-
mental, historical chronicle.
As Dr Kim Johnson says in the fore-
ward such a study "...might strike one,
at first glance as a rather morbid pre-
occupation. But think again. Two of the
Seven Wonders of the World are tombs:
the Pyramid and Mausoleum at Hali-
carnassus. The Taj Mahal is a mau-
It takes no more than a few pages of
this book to understand how much
cemeteries reflect Trinidad s cultural
heritage beginning with the earliest grave
in Port of Spain, belonging to Jean
Creteau, an early French inhabitant who
died in 1745.
Photos play a major part in recon-
structing the history of Trinidad s ceme-
teries. Through these photos readers can
see Lapeyrouse is divided into sections
that reflect the ethnic heritage of T&T.
Each section reflects important cultural
information. The numerous, simple mar-
ble stones of the Chinese section and
the elaborate mausoleums fenced off
from neighbouring graves all tell a story
of people trying to quietly blend into
Trinidad society or set themselves apart
from other sub-cultures.
Obelisks and ionic columns boldly
mark the graves of freemasons. The first
Madeirans buried in Trinidad from 1836
to 1838 brought their own style to the
graveyards including the Joaquim Ribeiro
Bissessarsingh s research reflects what
is missing from these cemeteries as well.
He points out how much looting has
been done in the cemeteries.
Cemeteries piece together the history
of T&T much like the interlocking pieces
of a puzzle that connect individuals to
key events. For instance, in 1827 Hans
Schuler, a German immigrant, lost his
job as the cemetery keeper because he
buried coloured and white corpses with-
out segregation. Slaves were buried on
estate lands and not in cemeteries.
Considerable detailed research reveals
important information such as the oldest
legible marked burial in Lapeyrouse,
which belonged to Samuel Chollet, Esq.
One can trace immigration patterns
through the burials in cemeteries as well
as the distribution of wealth in T&T
society. The languages of Lapeyrouse
include gravestones in French, Spanish,
Latin and Portuguese.
Clearly, cemeteries reflect far more
than an individual s death. They reflect
events that shaped a nation s history.
The cholera epidemic of 1854 resulted in a mass
grave in Lapeyrouse.
Although a large portion of the book is devot-
ed to Lapeyrouse, other cemeteries are well
represented. They provide a further glimpse
of Trinidad history. Take, for instance, Paradise
Cemetery, which was set aside for Indian burials
because cremation was illegal in Trinidad before
1936. Cemeteries in South reflect the history
of the sugar plantations with burial grounds
for those who managed plantations for absentee
land owners. In South, cemeteries reflect a
greater acceptance of an Indian population
showing how some Indians had converted to
The St Joseph Roman Catholic Church
reflects the early Spanish heritage for here was
the first capital of Trinidad.
The digger you deep into Walking with the
Ancestors, the more you will discover about
the history of Trinidad. It is a fine, scholarly
piece of work that manages to be a riveting
• Walking with the Ancestors is published by
Kairi Heritage Publications and is available in
Trinidad book stores.
Angelo Bissessarsingh's book
demonstrates how much cemeteries
reflect Trinidad's cultural heritage.
The grave of William
Nicol, Trinidad's first road
fatality in Lapeyrouse
Looking through the bones of history
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