Kadiejra O'Neal ( Barbadian, b. 1992)
DimensionsSheet/image : 24 x 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelWind has been used for centuries to generate mechanical and electrical power, and ranks among the most promising prospects for sustainable energy in the future. This photograph depicts the Morgan Lewis Windmill in St. Andrews, Barbados. Built in 1727, the mill was once used to crush sugarcane, releasing a sweet liquid that could be boiled down to produce molasses or crystallized sugar. Until 1834, many of the mill’s workers were enslaved Africans or descendants of Africans whose forced labor generated enormous profits for the mill’s owners. After slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834, the mill continued to be operated mainly by Black Barbadian workers until it finally ceased commercial production in 1947. The photograph was taken by Kadiejra O’Neal, a Black Barbadian multi-disciplinary artist whose work typically explores aspects of place and identity in Barbadian culture.