Plans for heritage sites
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.