A Story of Bones
Annina Van Neel
Annina Van Neel is the founder and Executive Director of the Tiekie Box Project (Tiekie), a conservation and educational platform for African descendant communities protecting burial grounds connected to the slave trade and slavery.
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A STORY OF BONES tells the story of Annina van Neel as she works to reclaim the neglected history of St. Helena after the remains of thousands of formerly enslaved Africans are uncovered on the remote island.
As the Chief Environmental Officer for Saint Helena’s troubled £285m airport project, Annina learned of the island's most terrible atrocity - an unmarked mass burial ground of an estimated 9,000 formerly enslaved Africans in Rupert’s Valley. It is one of the most significant traces of the transatlantic slave trade still on earth.
Haunted by this historical injustice, Annina now fights alongside renowned African American preservationist Peggy King Jorde and a group of disenfranchised islanders - many of them descendants of the formerly enslaved - for the proper memorialisation of these forgotten victims. The resistance they face exposes disturbing truths about the UK’s colonial past and present.