SAMBOO'S GRAVE, Sunderland Point, Lancashire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 3, 2012

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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    by Roy Pledger