An Antigua Courthouse Turned Museum in St. John’s

Lawyers Make History: The Antigua courthouse in St. John's is now a museum. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.
The Antigua courthouse in St. John's is now a museum. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

“Everything in the island speaks of evanescence and the lapse of time,” Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote of Antigua in his 1950 book, The Traveller’s Tree, and the 1750s Antigua courthouse in St. John’s is no exception. Having traversed time and purpose, the Antigua courthouse today serves as the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

What Is in the Antigua Courthouse?

The museum’s exhibits cover periods far back in time to Antigua’s volcanic origins through colonialism and beyond. Exhibits on slavery (abolished in 1834) intermingle with pottery from long ago. It’s an eclectic place but also a good reminder about how the law changes, judges change, and courts change.

Lawyers Make History: An exhibit at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda about the building's courthouse past. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

An exhibit at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda about the building’s courthouse past. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Especially for Lawyers

Lawyerly sorts might be drawn to information on the Antigua Courthouse’s history and old laws, such as one aimed at preventing the spread of smallpox.

The history of this particular building and this particular place may resonate as well—Antigua was yet another location ‘discovered’ by Christopher Columbus and later colonized by the British. Antigua and Barbuda obtained their independence in 1981.

Lawyers Make History: Deliberately spreading smallpox could result in imprisonment and hard labor. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Deliberately spreading smallpox could result in imprisonment and hard labor. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

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