Unsung heroes installed
St. Peter’s unsung heroes have a home. It’s the Arlington House Museum in Speightstown, St. Peter.
Parish Ambassadors, La-Shea Samuel and Naki Modoo, who placed second in the recent Spirit of the Nation Show, along with Attendant Corey Bradshaw, installed the six heroes at the museum, which manager Edwin Sampson said was part of their way of remembering St. Peter.
An image and short biography on the heroes – Fitz Jordan, Judy Scantlebury, Melville Williams, Lisle Worrell, Rose Hill Tuk Band and Eleazar Sunny Lou Greaves, have been inserted in tiles in the Speightstown Memories gallery of the museum, where Sampson said they were trying to preserve the history of the parish and Speightstown.
Bradshaw said the heroes were chosen by the community leaders of St. Peter from areas including agriculture, fishing, culture, health, transportation and entrepreneurship.
Sampson noted that they had formed a relationship with the St. Peter Parish Independence Committee and with the ambassadors which the museum hoped would continue.
The ambassadors expressed the wish to continue the project with their community awards next year as well, depending on funding.
Now it has begun, Bradshaw said they intended to try where possible to highlight persons for their contribution every year to fill the tiles in the museum with history of the people of Speightstown that would be readily available to those who toured the facility.
The manager noted that the museum was often used by tertiary level students wanting information on the history of the north of the island, which was stored there. The room itself has a 1820 map of the country emblazoned on the floor, with the titles of the families that lived in the island and the respective parishes then. It also has a list of the forts that were still in operation at that time and photographs detailing the history of Old Speightstown.
It would be a fitting home for St. Peter’s heroes, Sampson said. (LB)