Sarah: Mother of the Nation
Ann Gill, a free colored woman in Barbados, emerged during the 1820’s as a charismatic leader in the fledgling Methodist church. In the eyes of her missionary colleagues she was the primary public advocate in the struggle against slavery. For her anti-slavery sermons, and radical Christian views, she was persecuted by the slave owners of the colony, and the government they dominated. Her life was often threatened.
In 1823, a “mob” of prominent members of the white community torched the Methodist Chapel in Bridgetown. It was burnt to the ground. They were determined to intimidate and drive the mission from the island. But Ann’s resolve as a freedom fighter intensified. She continued to deliver sermons denouncing slavery, racism, and the injustices of colonial society. In celebration of her commitment to truth and justice the Methodist community gave her the name Sarah- “mother of the nation”.
This play is an expression of fictional engagement with this history. It situates Sarah-Ann within a creative literary discourse that connects her domestic life to the wider public debate on slavery, freedom, and spiritual rebirth. It revisits her vision that the moral and spiritual rebirth of society was a necessary aspect of the freedom pursued, and that without it there could be no truly meaningful Emancipation.
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