Plans for her­itage sites

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

Minister of Cul­ture John King is sup­port­ing calls for the his­toric sites and land­marks across Bar­ba­dos, in­clud­ing the homes of Na­tional He­roes, to be iden­ti­fied and of­fi­cially recog­nised.

He said this should have started years ago but will be part of Gov­ern­ment’s long-term plans.

King’s com­ments come as the Gov­ern­ment moves to cash in on the is­land’s cul­tural her­itage, es­pe­cially its mon­u­ments, his­tor­i­cal build­ings and sites of in­ter­est.

“I want peo­ple to be­gin to think about slave huts, about the Free­dom Vil­lage in St Thomas, even our light­houses and our mon­u­ments . . . since Bar­ba­dos was one of the first stops be­fore [slaves] were [dis­persed] from here.

“That link has never been ex­ploited. Imag­ine the ben­e­fits of hav­ing peo­ple come here to visit these mon­u­ments, to see where their an­ces­tors went and trace their ge­neal­ogy . . . and those that lived in other ter­ri­to­ries. We have link­ages in Brazil, Panama, the United States and Cuba. The po­ten­tial is there,” he said.

Mean­time, the Min­istry of Cul­ture and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will shortly launch a plan to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about the cul­tural and his­toric land­marks across Bar­ba­dos, out­side of Black His­tory Month, cel­e­brated in Fe­bru­ary.

“We are plan­ning out how to do the sim­ple things first . . . and lit­tle things that the min­istry can ac­tu­ally put out there on so­cial me­dia so peo­ple can get a sense of these things and what we are do­ing. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will also be hav­ing a dis­cus­sion with us about how we go for­ward, but [my] min­istry is go­ing to have to kick-start the process and this pro­ject,” King stated.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Barbados

© PressReader. All rights reserved.