Minister Richards Presents SKN Slave Route Text: Places of Memory" to Director of the Division for UNESCO World Heritage Sector

(NATCOM)Basseterre, 14 November, 2017: On the fringes of the UNESCO 39th General Conference, Minister Richards presented the St. Kitts-Nevis Slave Route Text, entitled, "Places of Memory" to Mrs. Mechtild Rossler, Director of the Division for UNESCO World Heritage Sector.  “The Places of Memory” Book was officially launched at a ceremony at Government House on Tuesday (May 09) and celebrated as an outstanding “visual documentary” of the history of St. Kitts and Nevis expressed by a citizen of the federation.  The 141 page publication was a collaborative venture between historian, author and researcher Leonard Stapleton and the National Commission for UNESCO and highlights various sites across the federation associated with “The Experiences and Contributions of the Enslaved Africans in St. Kitts and Nevis.”  The book focusses on historical sites and ruins around St Kitts and Nevis where African ancestors achieved outstanding feats in strength; engineering and tenacity which have often gone unheralded.

A few of the sites included are the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, and Romney Manor in St. Kitts and the Old Bath House or Cottle Church in Nevis all of which have withstood major hurricanes and other natural disasters, testimony to the abilities of African forefathers.

Vibrant pictures emphasize four themes: Adaptation and Survival, Resistance and Revolt, Human Rights, and Productivity and Contribution.

The collaboration of the National Commission for UNESCO with the production of this book is one of which Secretary General Mr. Antonio Maynard is especially proud given the mandate of the Commission to ensure that the Federation’s system of Education gives a well-rounded and comprehensive account of the history of the Federation.

It was specified that the content be appealing to school aged children and adults alike.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Culture, Honourable Shawn Richards, said on presenting the book to the UNESCO official that he was gratified by UNESCO’s continued support of programmes that promote historical awareness adding that the book which has been made available for use in schools is certainly influencing the nation’s youth in a positive manner.

Hundreds of copies were printed by the Ministry of Education for distribution to the primary and secondary schools.

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