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Barbados and the Carolinas’ Legacy
April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mrs. Rhoda Green, Founder and CEO of Barbados and the Carolina Legacy Foundation, will walk you through the history and heritage of South Carolina and its connection to Barbados which dates back to the early 1600s. Learn how the British colonists settled Barbados in 1627 and contrived a successful plantation model they brought to Carolina in 1670. We’ll talk about who the Carolina settlers were and the shared influences they brought from Barbados to Carolina.
Meet Rhoda Green
When Rhoda Green and her husband, Robert, moved from Harlem, N.Y., to Charleston, S.C., in the 1970s, the city seemed eerily familiar. They looked around and saw the same street names and architecture as the capital of their homeland, Barbados.
“I would tell Rhoda, ‘Hey look I was just in this place and all the names are the same thing. What is happening?” Robert Green says with a laugh while recalling their first few years. “We realized this place was a small Barbados, or a big Barbados I should say.”
Rhoda Green was so fascinated that she started digging deeper. As it turned out, Charleston is a “big Barbados.” In fact, there’s a unique connection between the Carolinas and Barbados that explains the similarities.
“The people that were here at the founding of this colony were from Barbados,” Rhoda says. “They were British, or British-born, they were the enslaved who worked on Barbados plantations and they were [Barbadian] indentured servants.”
Tracing The Barbadian Background- Rhoda now runs the Barbados and The Carolinas Legacy Foundation and is an honorary consul for the island. She volunteers as a guide for visitors on a personalized trail that explores Charleston’s Caribbean history.