The execution of grandmother Sally Bassett, a slave woman, is an often-told story in the history of Bermuda. 290 years later the story lives on. From the Hamilton Visitor Services Centre, the 60-minute bus tour takes you on a heritage journey through Pembroke to see local monuments that pay tribute to Mary Prince, the born-into-slavery storyteller behind The History of Mary Prince. Also experience a statue honouring the arrival of the Enterprise slave ship, a story that mirrors the narrative of the film Amistad. The story of former slave and U.S. Congressman Joseph Rainey is also covered.
The tour ends at the Cabinet Office Sally Bassett monument where Bermuda is invited to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Sally statue with a live open-air theatrical performance chronicling her final hours. The 30-minute Cabinet Office ceremony is free to attend; however, bus tour ticket holders will have a reserved seat waiting for them upon the conclusion of the bus tour.
Takes place Oct 3, 11, 18 and 24. Click on website link to book tickets via Ptix.bm.
This curated experience is a partnership between the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the Cabinet Office and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.
$40 for bus tour (includes reserved seat for open-air performance); free to attend open-air performance, no seat