A simple stone slab marks a lonely grave on the water’s edge at Sunderland Point overlooking Morecambe Bay in Lancashire. A metal plate reads : 'Here lies Poor Samboo A faithful Negro who (attending his mafter from the Weft Indies) Died on his arrival at Sunderland 1796'.
A second plate reads: ' Full sixty Years the angry Winter's Wave
Has thundering dafhd this bleak & barren Shore Since Sambo's Head laid in this lonely Grave
Lies still & ne'er will hear their turmoil more.
Full many a Sandbird chirps upon the Sod
And many a Moonlight Elfin round him trips
Full many a Summer's Sunbeam warms the Clod
And many a teeming Cloud upon him drips.
But still he sleeps - till the awakening Sounds
Of the Archangels Trump new Life impart
Then the Great Judge his Approbation founds.
Not on Man's Color but his - Worth of Heart.'
A nearby jetty was where cotton, first brought from the West Indies, was unloaded en route to the Lancashire mill towns.
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Photo taken in Overton, Lancashire, UK
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