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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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  • Defiantly worth a trip to visit sambos grave it's a beautiful area and so much respect is shown but it is definitely worth looking up the story behind sambo and how his poor life ended at Sunderland p...  read more »
  • Sambo's grave is an integral part of the history of the City of Lancaster. Totally unique but of huge significance - several famous Lancaster families (whose names continue to be borne on streets and ...  read more »
  • We spent the afternoon at Sunderland point. Picnic and then a stroll down the hidden path to this secluded, quiet spot. Very thought provoking, sobering and emotional place. 
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