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Restoration Of Hidden Museum Magazines

Restoration Of Hidden Museum Magazines

Underneath the bastions of the National Museum of Bermuda lie several hidden magazines. Normally off-limits to visitors, these rooms were originally used to store the shells and gun powder for the gun emplacements above. For the past week, visiting volunteer forts historian Victor Smith has conducted an intensive examination and survey, recording the... Read more of this article

Painting By Norman Lewis Sells For $725,000

Painting By Norman Lewis Sells For $725,000

A painting by Norman Lewis recently sold for $725,000, with the sale part of a record-setting African American Art Auction by the Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Mr Lewis [1909-1979] — whose parents reportedly emigrated to New York from Bermuda in the early 20th century — is widely regarded as one of the finest African-American Abstract... Read more of this article

Premier: Dr. King Was “More Than A Dreamer”

Premier: Dr. King Was “More Than A Dreamer”

Reflecting on and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, Premier David Burt said “As we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, let us view him as more than a dreamer. “Instead, embrace his life’s work and witness in its entirety. Heed his call to upend historic... Read more of this article

Students Help Historic Cannon Conservation

Students Help Historic Cannon Conservation

East Carolina University [ECU] graduate students, led by Dr. Bradley Rodgers, have been battling wind, rain, and concrete to assist National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] Conservator Zoe Brady with the conservation of a number of historic cannon. Five cannon were recovered by Crisson Construction in 2017 during work at Hunter’s Wharf, St. George’s and... Read more of this article

WHM: Historic Hilda Aitken, First Female MP

WHM: Historic Hilda Aitken, First Female MP

[Part of Women’s History Month Series | Written by Robyn Bardgett] As one of the first women to win a seat in the House of Parliament, Hilda Aitken [1891 - 1987] set a course to create a place for women in politics. She won a seat in Smith’s during the 1948 election, along with her contemporary, Edna Watson, who won in Paget. The mother of two... Read more of this article

WHM: Survives Crash, Becomes First Female MP

WHM: Survives Crash, Becomes First Female MP

[Part of Women’s History Month Series | Written by Robyn Bardgett] Neither a plane crash nor a male dominated colonial parliament could keep Edna Watson down. In 1948, Edna Watson challenged for a seat in Paget and won, along with Hilda Aitken, who won the seat in Smith’s that same year, making them the first women to run and win a seat in Bermuda’s... Read more of this article

ADHT Events To Mark UN Day Of Remembrance

ADHT Events To Mark UN Day Of Remembrance

On Saturday [March 24] and Sunday [March 25] the African Diaspora Heritage Trail [ADHT] Bermuda Foundation will host its annual series of events in commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery & the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A spokesperson said, “The transatlantic slave trade was the largest... Read more of this article

Lisbeth Alvarez: The Importance Of Black History

Lisbeth Alvarez: The Importance Of Black History

[Written by CedarBridge Academy student Lisbeth Alvarez] Many people are proud of “Black History Month” and trust me, so am I, but I do have a few issues with this so-called “Black History Month”. To begin with, why is that we only have one month acknowledging our years’ worth of history; not even focusing on the fact that February is the... Read more of this article

Paget Primary’s Museum Impresses Premier

Paget Primary’s Museum Impresses Premier

Premier David Burt stopped by Paget Primary School as they transformed some of their classrooms into Black History Museums, saying he was very impressed by the tour, with the school providing “great information on Bermuda culture and Black trailblazers.” The Premier tweeted the photos below, and said, “Can I just say how very impressed... Read more of this article

Photos: Paget Primary Black History Museums

Photos: Paget Primary Black History Museums

Paget Primary School students and teachers transformed some of their classrooms into Black History Museums today [Feb 20], celebrating Black Bermudians who have made contributions to the Island, with visitors including family members, friends, school groups and seniors. Honorees being celebrated included Randolph Furbert, Dale Butler, Malachi Jones,... Read more of this article

Paget Primary Create Black History Museums

Paget Primary Create Black History Museums

On Tuesday [Feb 20] Paget Primary School will transform their classrooms into Black History Museums celebrating Black Bermudians who have made contributions to the Island, and the school said they “encourage parents, grandparents and the community to come and view the Museums prepared by the teachers and students.” A spokesperson said, “On... Read more of this article

Howard Lee’s Olympic Dinghy Returns To Island

Howard Lee’s Olympic Dinghy Returns To Island

The National Museum of Bermuda has recently acquired the Finn dinghy used by the late Bermudian sailing legend Howard Lee in the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal, where he became the  first black sailor to represent Bermuda in the Olympics. The dinghy comes to the museum from overseas via the generous donation of Lee’s grandson, Rockal Evans and... Read more of this article

Dr Harris: Additional Fort Listings Would Enhance

Dr Harris: Additional Fort Listings Would Enhance

Should additional forts in Bermuda be listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bermudians could “claim the island as world heritage, which is what it is,” Dr Edward Harris said, adding that it would not dilute the value of the currently listed forts in St. George’s, but “enhance the World Heritage Site by reason of the importance... Read more of this article