Mahé Island Tour: Venn’s Town

The Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town MARKS a very symbolic period in the history of Seychelles.

“It was a new era in the life of people who have been captured and oppressed.”
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“It was set up as an industrious school by the Church Missionary society, a philanthropic group in 1876-1889, to accommodate children of liberated slaves.”

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Seychelles-Venns-Town (4)“The main buildings consisted of two dormitories… one for the boys and one for the girls. A number of houses, washrooms, kitchens, huts for laborers, a workshop and storeroom and a mission cottage for the schoolmaster and his family made up the settlement.”
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“The large numbers of freed Africans had a great impact on Seychelles in the formation of the Creole Seychellois identity and it gave birth to subsequent civilization. It was an emblem of hope for humanity in a time of great injustices.”

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“Since the last batch of liberated Africans landed in Seychelles in 1875, the Institution eventually took in children born of African parents who worked as labourers on various plantations.”Seychelles-Venns-Town (9)

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“Nowadays the place is more popularly used as a tourism attraction and used by the local community for prayers and meditation.”Seychelles-Venns-Town (13)

“It is a mystical place nested amongst the dense and unique vegetation of the Morne Seychellois National Park.”

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“Although we have, in theory, abolished human slavery, recognized women’s rights,
and stopped child labor, we continue to enslave other species who,
if we simply pay attention, show quite clearly that they experience
parental love, pain, and the desire for freedom, just as we do.”
– 
I. Newkirk
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