Mt. Moritz, Grenada
From Alison Donnell:
You are probably all aware of the piece about Grenada in Nancy Cunard’s infamous 1934 anthology Negro: ‘White Trash in the Antilles’ by H. Gordon Andrews. It begins….
“The ‘White Trash’ colony of Grenada is located about three miles inland from the capital St. George in a district called Mt Moritz. So far as the historical printed records of the island are concerned no information whatever is given on this subject. Whatever statement is made here on this matter is done in good faith and based on personal knowledge. The population of this group of poor whites is swiftly being absorbed by amalgamation with some of the lower classes of Africans. No mulato or black who may consider himself of good class would inter-marry with one of these whites, so great is the contempt in which these poor unfortunates are held.” (305)
“The ‘Po’ white trash of the West Indies and America call for as much sympathy as the wretched Negroes of Africa who were enslaved and exploited for the same reasons, and against whom is felt that self-same prejudice that the lowliest Grenadian feels against poor ‘Backra Johnny,’ who to him is nothing more than ‘White Trash’.” (307)
Interestingly, this book was banned in Trinidad in the year of its publication and one newspaper report suggests that the action may have been taken on account of Andrews’ suggestion of equal oppression. Also interesting, Mt. Moritz has its own FB page.
I plan to go there in June but if anyone can share more in advance, please let me (Alison Donnell) know or post here….
The Afro American, 14 April 1934: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1532&dat=19340414&id=r4k9AAAAIBAJ&sjid=aisMAAAAIBAJ&pg=272%2C12210192
Mt. Moritz on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mt-Moritz-Community-Development-Organisation/202684563081687