Gustav Badin honored with a memorial stone

In the presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria and Vice Mayor of Stockholm Clara Lindblom, a memorial stone for Adolf Ludvig Gustav Fredrik Albrecht Couschi, known in his time as Gustav Badin, was unveiled on October 9th at Katarina Cemetery in Stockholm.

Couschi (ca. 1747–1822) was brought to Sweden as a child slave from the Danish colony of Saint Croix in the West Indies in 1760. He grew up at the royal court and became the adopted son of Queen Lovisa Ulrika. He became a well-known figure in Stockholm, counting Carl Michael Bellman among his friends, and he passed away as a free man in 1822.

He was buried at Katarina Cemetery but was never granted a tombstone. Yesterday, a memorial stone was finally placed in his honor, thanks to an initiative by Afrosvenskarnas Riksorganisation, in collaboration with Stockholm stad and the Katarina parish.

The Daniel Sachs Foundation had the honor of engaging and bringing together involved parties to turn the memorial stone into a reality and to share the story of Couschi with today’s world, a largely untold story of significant historical importance in Sweden.

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Gustav Badin honored with a memorial stone