History Professor at the UWI Mona, Verene Shepherd, is calling on the government to make the subject a priority in schools and other institutions.

Professor Shepherd is also Director of the Institute for Reparations Research at UWI and Host of Talking History on Nationwide Radio.

Her comment comes as Jamaica yesterday remembered the Zong massacre, the mass killing of Africans between November 29 and December 22, 1781.

Two hundred and 39 years ago, 122 enslaved African men, women and children were drowned by the crew of the British slave ship, “Zong”.

She says History should be a mandatory subject in schools.

Professor Shepherd says government officials, including the Education Ministry, must take the lead on this issue.

Professor Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Reparations Research at UWI and Host Talking History on Nationwide Radio. She was speaking during last evening’s edition of Nationwide@5 with Cliff Hughes and Danielle Archer.


On December 22, 1781, the slave ship Zong docked in the Black River with half the 4-hundred and 40 Africans it had taken from Ghana for slavery in St Elizabeth as the other Africans were thrown overboard by the ship’s captain.