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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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  • We visit here time permitting whenever we are in the area, or on our way up to the Lake District. If visiting remember to check tide times, but a short (10-15 min) walk will take you to the isolated s...  more »
  • Visited Sambo's Grave many times in the past as we had a caravan in Middleton just along the beach, always felt sad reading his story 
  • Sambo had arrived around 1736 from the West Indies as a servant to the ships captain, and here he died, presumed left behind. You have to time the road, as high tide covers it every 12 hours, but if y...  more »