"Set in Guyana (British Guiana) Black Water People details the trials of my mother's family, the Allicocks, whose ancestor, a white Scottish plantation owner, settled in the country in the second half of the 18th.century.
"What is unique about this story is that Robert Frederick Allicock had eight children with a colored woman, with whom he lived openly, and one child with an Amerindian woman, At his death, he willed his plantation ,slaves and all, the colored woman and their children, and even made provisions for the Amerindian woman and her child. The family has copies of the will".
"In the Early in the 20th.century,a Canadian company acquired some of the land and mined for bauxite. Later, Allicock descendants sued Demba (Demerara bauxite Company) and won. However, the money provided a mixed blessing once, for the most part, the mail, long divided by color, became further estranged. This story is not just about the Allicocks. It also explores the unique history of of Guyana, with its slave rebellions and anti-slavery, movements, and conflicts between the Dutch. and the British, among others."
That is not half the story. The Allicock's , live-wired by Sammy Allicock , recently from Guyana, brings off a family reunion in Maryland ,USA. The reunion achieves reconciliation among the Allicock family and its branches. It ends with everybody happy and relieved, as they had over come the typical Guyanese problem of dark-skinned and light-skinned relatives.
All this is faithfully documented and then Carmen B.Subryan's creative imagination takes over. She reconstructs the inner lives of the Allicocks, beginning with the lone Allicock who landed in Guyana from Scotland one fine day in 1769. Out of this fact she builds a fascinating ,easy to read story of the lives of many men and women we would have had no chance of meeting. Having met them we do not easily forget their presence.
The tile is right on, because people who live along the banks of the Demerara River and its creeks ,the location of the story live with black water, which is a factor of their lives, as much now as when the story began.
You can buy the book from Demerara Press, 11400 Pitsea Drive, Beltsville,MD 20705,