Tourism ministry lauded for African Diaspora

Dr. Deryck Murray (left), Richard Sealy, Senior Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Celia Pollard-Jones, and BTA Chairman, Adrian Elcock (right) listen attentively to the speaker at the podium.

Acting Director of the Commission for Pan-African Affairs, Dr. Deryck Murray, has lauded the Ministry of Tourism for its initiative in bringing the African Diaspora Heritage Trail to Barbados for the first time.

Murray offered this commendation earlier today while addressing the 8th conference of the ADHT at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Two Mile Hill.

The acting director said: “It is the wish of the Commission of Pan-African Affairs that this is the start of numerous initiatives that will bring Africans and the African Diaspora to Barbados as a centre of Africentric thought and action.”

He referred to the central role Barbados played in the history that saw the emergence of the African Diaspora and the rise of the British Empire.

“If you do not know yet the threads of the history that converged to make Barbados’ Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison a site of universal value, it is certain that you will be fully apprised by the end of this exercise,’ Murray said.

He extended a hand of welcome to his brothers and sisters from the African continent and noted that since “we left Africa starting around 1645, our survival tells the story of the many fantastic things that happened here and that we want to tell you”.

The acting director pointed out that the delegates present were on a trail to re-assemble the story of Africa and its descendents.

Murray argued that the “story has been cut into a million bits and cast across the Atlantic to seed the many new civilisations of this hemisphere.”

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