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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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  • This is a very emotional place to be, a heartbreaking story and a wonderful view/atmosphere. It's a really nice walk as well  more »
  • Sunderland Point marks the mouth of the River Lune and the hamlet of Sunderland faces the river in two terraces of houses with a lone gate pier in between. Many are converted from warehouses dating fr...  more »
  • As a helpful tip I need to emphasis to visitors the importance to note the tides times when visiting this site so that they are not caught out. As a site it is very well kept and has a very interestin...  more »