Slave owners were paid compensation
Stabroek News
February 13, 2004

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Dear Editor,

Kindly refer to Ras Dalgetty's letter captioned "Compensation fund used to construct building for Queen's College." (SN29/1/04) wherein Dalgetty, following a previous misinformed letter by Henry Skerrett reiterated Skerrett's mistake when he wrote: "Then, in 1846, nearly 2000 British pounds - money belonging to the African race group of this country was delivered from their compensation chest to provide a new building for Q.C." Dalgetty persisted in repeating this falsity despite the fact that there was a subsequent letter correcting Skerrett's mistake.

Dalgetty and others have been calling for compensation and reparations from the white countries for their enslavement of Africans in past centuries which shows that none was given at the time to slaves.

The British government gave compensation to slave masters and slave owners for the loss of their slaves due to Queen Victoria's Act of Emancipation. Slaves were given no compensation.

Yours faithfully,

L. Mitchell