Codrington Theological College

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Codrington Theological College

An impressive stand of cabbage palm trees lines the road leading to the coral-stone buildings and serene grounds of Codrington College, the oldest Anglican theological seminary in the Western Hemisphere, opened in 1745 on a cliff overlooking Conset Bay. The college's benefactor was Christopher Codrington III (1668–1710), a former governor-general of the Leeward Islands, whose antislavery views were unpopular in the plantocracy of the times. In an effort to "Christianize" the slaves and provide them with a general education, Codrington specified in his will that "300 negroes at least" would always be allowed to study at the institution; the planters who acted as trustees, however, were loath to teach slaves to read and write. You may visit the chapel, stroll the grounds, even have a picnic—but remember that beachwear is not appropriate here.

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