These posts explore the histories of some of the most interesting or significant cases that we have found. Primary sources relating to hundreds more can be explored at Caribbean Religious Trials. The histories are presented here in the order in which we post them, but you can also explore them in date order through the timeline, or geographically via the map. We periodically add new cases. Subscribe to the site to make sure you get updates.
Teacher Bailey, Trinidad, 1918
In Trinidad, the Shouters Prohibition Ordinance of 1917 made practices of worship associated with the Spiritual Baptist religion illegal. Adherents of the religion were known by outsiders as ‘Shouters’, but described themselves as ‘Baptists’, ‘Penitents’ or ‘Spiritual Baptists’. The Spiritual Baptist religion was a form of African-oriented Christianity that developed in the late nineteenth and […]