The slave village at Jessups

Grave at the 19th century slave village at Jessups

On the 1755 map, the slave village is shown beside a steep valley or gut. A pencil addition to the map shows that in the 19th century the owner moved, or extended, the slave village to the far side of the gut, away from the main house. The depiction of the slave village on this map is the most detailed known from Nevis.

Grave at the 19th century slave village at Jessups

Much of the two village sites is covered with dense forest, which has grown up since the sites were abandoned, although interestingly a modern path through the trees still follows the route of the path shown on the 1755 map. Two recent threats to the integrity of the site have occurred. In 2003, new housing development threatened some slave grave sites, one of which was well known. The second threat materialised in 2008 with further housing development. The project archaeologists realised that this had begun to destroy the site of the earlier slave village, so work was needed urgently to record any remains before they were lost forever.