citizen Charlotte Blijtschap
1 July 1863

Time to celebrate! Or not?


[Photo: Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde,  Leiden]


I’ve made this anjisa (headscarf) especially for today’s celebration. We’re free! I’m no longer Charlotte the slave, I’m citizen Charlotte Blijtschap. That name has been thought up by a civil servant. We’re celebrating for four days, but after that I have to go back to work on the plantation. And now I have to pay for my food and shelter myself from my meagre wages!


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