We learn that a church, Christ Church has been built over the Slave market in an attempt to create something positive over something so negative. The church is being restored. John notices that the scaffolding is not even close to code. We think of how protected we are in Canada and how here are senses are sharper, we are sharper, more aware as Darwin’s theory is clearly in play.
Many people were against slavery and worked hard to end this practice. Chief among them were explorer, David Livingstone and the third Anglican Bishop of Zanzibar, Edward Steele. The church was built to celebrate the end of slavery. Steele contributed much to its design, but sadly he died just before it was completed. He is buried behind the altar. The altar, is said to be in the exact place where the whipping post stood. Inside the church there is a cross that was made from the wood of the Mvula tree. This tree is located in another part of Africa and it is where Livingstone’s heart is buried.
The history is sad and the area feels oppressive. The church makes up for it somewhat and hearing that people worked hard to abolish what was certainly a lucrative business helps. Still, I’m always surprised by man’s inhumanity. When I learn these sad truths I look for beauty to balance the ugly. Perhaps this is what Edward Steele was also thinking. I find some beautiful flowers and look for the beauty in the church and happily snap away Beauty, its always there, sometimes we just need to look a little closer.