Old Danish Cemetary
March 21, 2012
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Just a few blocks up the hill, the noise of crowds disgorged
from cruise ships drops off and you can hear the birds and
bugs in the trees. I walked up a road towards the cemetaries
that I'd spotted on the map to see what history I could find
there. The gate for the old cemetary was closed, but
not locked, so I let myself in.
Though the map called it the Danish cemetary, the headstones
belonged to people from all over Europe: Germany, England,
Sweden, Denmark. They had come out to the Caribbean for their
own life's adventure, and were remembered here for the
contributions they had made, building businesses, starting
schools, or just piloting boats.
Some plots were lined with conch shells, embedded in concrete
mortar and still standing clean and mostly unbroken, almost
a century after they were set there.