National Trust of Guyana

Quamina Memorial Monument

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Location: South Cummingsburg, Georgetown

Classification: Commemorative Monument

Period/ Year Built: 1985

Historical Background / Description:

The Quamina Memorial Monument is located at the corner of Quamina and Carmichael Streets, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown. The monument was unveiled in memory of Quamina Gladstone, on July 28, 1985, by President Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham. Quamina, a slave from Plantation Success, is remembered for his role in the 1823 Demerara Slave Uprising. Many historians believe that he initially did not agree to the rebellion, but participated because of the inhumane treatment meted out to him and other slaves. 

The uprising was not well organized and did not last for long. Presumed leaders were detained; tried and most of them were executed. Quamina went into hiding, but was later caught and killed by Amerindian slave catchers on September 16, 1823, at the back of Plantation Chateau Margot. His body was displayed for months on the Public Road at Plantation Success to send a stern message to other slaves. Quamina Street was also renamed in his honour; the street was previously named after John Murray who served as Governor of British Guiana during the 1823 Demerara Rebellion.