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St. George's Parish in Town of St. George, St Georges Parish, Bermuda
 

Pilot Darrell's House

 
 
Pilot Darrell's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Elizabeth Pearson, circa 2019
1. Pilot Darrell's House Marker
Inscription.  Pilot James Darrell was an extraordinary Bermudan and mariner who spent much of his life as a Slave. At age 47, Pilot Darrell was granted his freedom in recognition of his skill navigating the Royal Navy flagship HMS Resolution through the Narrows Channel in 1795. Pilot Darrell was one of Bermuda's first King's Pilots and the first known black person to own property on the Island. This house was passed onto his wife and children, and was restored and is still owned by his direct descendents. Here in St. George's, Pilot Darrell belonged to the Island's largest free black community and fought for the rights of free blacks and slaves.
 
Erected by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureColonial EraWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 22.908′ N, 64° 40.72′ W. Marker is in St. George's Parish, St Georges Parish, in Town of St. George. Marker is on Aunt Peggy's Lane. This marker is on a back street
Plaque designating Pilot Darrell's house as an African Diaspora Heritage Trail Site image. Click for full size.
By Judith Elizabeth Pearson, circa 2019
2. Plaque designating Pilot Darrell's house as an African Diaspora Heritage Trail Site
near the town square where the traffic is limited to residents and pedestrians. The marker sits in front of the house, which is a private residence. The house is designated as an African Diaspora Heritage Trail Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Aunt Peggy's Lane, St George's Parish, St Georges Parish, Bermuda. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Till (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line in St George's Parish); First Government House (about 150 meters away in St George's Parish); Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale (about 180 meters away in St George's Parish); American Prisoners of the War of 1812 who died in Bermuda (about 180 meters away in St George's Parish); Settlement of Bermuda (about 240 meters away in St George's Parish); Thomas Moore (about 240 meters away in St George's Parish); The Broad Arrow (approx. 15.7 kilometers away in Sandys Parish); Victualling Yard (approx. 15.8 kilometers away in Dockyards).
 
More about this marker. A much older, engraved marker is beside this one (shown in photo) on a wall in front of the house.
 
Regarding Pilot Darrell's House. Pilot James ('Jemmy') Darrell (1749 - 1815) was one of the most respected black pilots in Bermuda. In 1789 he was one of three pilots chosen for the work that led to the discovery of the Narrows Channel and Murray's Anchorage in Bermuda.
 
Additional keywords. Bermuda, African-Bermudians,
Pilot Darrell's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Elizabeth Pearson, circa 2019
3. Pilot Darrell's House Marker
This older engraving is on the wall beside the marker. It reads: Pilot James Darrell 1749 - 1815. Pilot Darrell navigated the 74 gun HMS Resolution into Murray's Anchorage in 1705. In recognition of this nautical feat he was freed from slavery in 1796 and became one of Bermuda's first King's Pilots. He was one of the first free Blacks to own a home in Bermuda.
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Pilot Darrell's House image. Click for full size.
By Judith Elizabeth Pearson, 2019
4. Pilot Darrell's House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Judith Elizabeth Pearson of Burke, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 6, 2021