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Numerous futile attempts were made to have Baartman’s remains brought back home to South Africa. It was Nelson Mandela, the President of a new and democratic South Africa (1994-1999) who reengaged the diplomatic conversations that led to the repatriation of Baartman’s remains to South Africa. Baartman was finally buried and granted eternal rest on August 9, 2002. This was 186 years after her death.
I wish to thank Mrs. Tiffany Hall and Mrs. Candilaria Thompson for this invitation to share. I hope your efforts will continually have at its core a transformative will to inspire, empower and educate.
Rev. Jevon O. Neely is a proud Bahamian who studied at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, where in 2001 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries and a minor in Psychology. In 2003, Rev. Neely enrolled at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; where in 2006, he graduated with a Master of Divinity with a Certificate in Black Church Studies.