Work by Shan Press :: Poem by Gerda Stevenson
From Quines by Gerda Stevenson
Eliza Junor, taken from her homeland in Southern America, saved from slavery, brought to live in Scotland with her father, a Scottish slave owner.
In a country unused to seeing persons of colour I tried to convey her vague memories of place and childhood on the sugar plantations, with her pride in excelling in penmanship at Fortrose Academy. An acceptable steppingstone in a seemingly refined society where she maintains her dignity throughout open and veiled racist comments.
A topical subject for today’s world.