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Located in the centre of the J.T.C. Ramsay roundabout formed by the ABC Highway and Highway 5, the Bussa Emancipation Statue is a notable landmark of the island of Barbados. Dedicated to Bussa’s rebellion of 1816, it symbolizes the abolition of slavery that would later come to pass in 1838. The image of a man breaking his chains can be no more expressive than that and its grandeur was forged by the Bajan sculptor Karl Broodhagen in 1985 (169 years after the events of the rebellion). The inscription of the statue is the “hymn” that the Barbadians would chant following the abolition of apprenticeship:
“Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin.
De Queen come from England to set we free
Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin”
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