Anguillians as a people also need to pay greater attention to the condition of the cemeteries that litter the island. There is neither cleanliness nor order. Graves are not marked, the landscaping not maintained and the indiscriminate buildings of vaults are not sustainable. If humanity was burying its dead in vaults and steel caskets as we are presently doing the world would be a giant cemetery. It might not be culturally popular but cremation might be the best option. Recently, I visited a cemetery where they are now storing not burying the dead in above ground vaults; this again is taking funerals to another unsustainable dimension. Cemeteries are not just burial sites but also important repository of history. For example I am not sure how many of us as Anguillians are aware of the fact that the public cemetery at Sandy Ground is the site of three very different burial grounds going back to slavery. We have the larger section that is presently used, however beside it in a now dilapidated wall and broken tomb stones are the burial ground going back to 17th Century. This burial ground however is divided into two sections, the front section with the marked tomb stones was reserved for Whites only, the back unmarked and overgrown section consists of the part reserved for Blacks. This separation of the dead is not a legacy we are proud of but it’s an important part of our history.
In closing I hope we begin to take our history serious and begin preserving it for future generations. In the divided society we presently live I can only hope this proposal not become a political foot ball.