Under a massive Tamarind tree on an open road surrounded by the rolling fields of Bethesda and Willoughby Bay, sits a stone b... More
Bethesda Tamarind Tree (The)
Under a massive Tamarind tree on an open road surrounded by the rolling fields of Bethesda and Willoughby Bay, sits a stone boulder: here marks the site of a critical call to strike by thousands of field workers in 1951. Union activity in Antigua's sugar industry had begun before World War II, and in 1951 the workers demanded a pay rise. The Sugar Syndicate dug in their heels and refused. When the dust settled, the Sugar Syndicate (having forced the waning industry to be further crippled by non-production) agreed to a 25 per cent pay increase. It was the beginning of the end, and a new future for Antiguans. There is no shop or restaurant here, nor opening hours to consider. The spot speaks for itself and allows you the privacy of enjoying its historical significance and the quiet, cool breeze.