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New Exhibit at the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology featuring the Caribbean Island of Montserrat

Date: 3/1/2018


Trials, Tragedy & Resilience is an exhibit designed to recognize and celebrate the Caribbean island of Montserrat’s rich cultural heritage on the 250th anniversary of the attempted St. Patrick’s Day slave uprising on 17 March 1768. The histories presented here commemorate the resilience that Montserratians have displayed over time in their responses to difficult conditions imposed by slavery, colonialism, resource scarcity, and catastrophic natural disasters.


This international exhibit was co-designed by Sarita Francis, OBE, Director of the Montserrat National Trust and Dr. Krysta Ryzewski (Wayne State University). It is running concurrently at the National Museum of Montserrat, Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), and Aarhus University (Denmark). The Detroit version of Trials, Tragedy, and Resilience is curated by Krysta Ryzewski with preparatory assistance from Wayne State Anthropology students, and it is hosted by the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology with generous sponsorship from the Department of Anthropology. Archaeological finds displayed in the exhibit were recovered by Wayne State University students and faculty between 2010 and 2017.  


The exhibit is on display in the Grosscup Museum of Anthropology, Old Main, between February 26 and April 13, 2018.