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Sambo's Grave, Lancaster

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Sambo's Grave is the burial site of a dark-skinned cabin boy or slave, on unconsecrated ground in a field near the small village of Sunderland Point, near Heysham and Overton, Lancashire, North West England. Sunderland Point was a port, serving cotton, sugar and slave ships from the West Indies and North America, which declined after Glasson Dock was opened in 1787. It is a very small community only accessible via a narrow road, which crosses a salt marsh and is cut off at high tide.HistoryIn the early 18th century Sunderland Point was a port for Lancaster, serving ships too large to sail up to the town. According to the Lonsdale Magazine of 1822, Sambo had arrived around 1736 from the West Indies as a servant to the captain of an unnamed ship:It has also been suggested that Sambo may have died from a disease to which he had no natural immunity, contracted from contact with Europeans. He was buried in unconsecrated ground (as he was not a Christian) on the weatherbeaten shoreline of Morecambe Bay.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Have been visiting Sambos grave since I was a teenager..Beautiful location on Sunderland point which gets cut off when high tide. Keeps the history of slavery alive. Did hear that there was going to b...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    The approach to Sunderland is as good as actually getting there! The point and the grave is a very quiet, lonely place, but eerily beautiful.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    I am studying a degree at the University of Lancaster, and as part of that I am focusing on African studies. I found this lonely grave to be both moving and historically relevant, and I would recommen...  more »

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