Photos & Video: African World Heritage Day

May 5, 2016

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail celebrated UNESCO African World Heritage Day today [May 5] on the Cabinet Grounds at the site of the Sally Bassett statue, with activities including drumming, an official proclamation, and more.

African World Heritage Day is an outgrowth of UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, which “sets out the duties of State Parties [countries] in identifying potential sites and their role in protecting and serving them.”

27-minute video of today’s event:

The programme included drumming by Kevin Bean, a performance by the Harrington Sound Primary School, an official proclamation read by former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown, singing by Rickeesha Binns, and a closing by Gavin Smith, Executive Director of the Chewstick Foundation.

Former Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown, was the chair of the ADHT when the ADHT received the UNESCO Slave Route Project designation.


A spokesperson said, ““The ADHT would like to first of all thank UNESCO and the staff at the Africa Unit for allowing us the honour of having this UNESCO sanctioned event here in Bermuda. We would also like to thank Dr. Derek Binns and his staff at the Cabinet Office for their support in making the location for the presentation available to us.

“Special thanks to all persons who participated and especially for Dr. Brown for taking the time from his schedule to be here to read the official proclamation. Special thanks also to The Chewstick Foundation for providing the sound equipment and the chairs for the students.”

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  1. REPERATIONS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • REPARATIONS NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • It’s great keeping up on ones, “history” or “his-story” but it’s more important knowing the difference…As far as repatriation goes, there’s NO-ONE stopping anyone from going back to Africa, but where will they be going is the $64000:00 qestion?

        • jt says:

          O.J and Ray. Crack me up.

        • moira says:

          first of all we Bermudians are not African, we were in Africa but are not the same people, second, the reason why we are not given our raparations is because it would be a wrap! we are kept in the same payscale that we have been in for many decades so we wont afford to travel the earth freely , our history is hidden because wherever we came from we would definitely go back to.. lets try asking others where is Their native land.? Our captors are not native from anywhere so that is the $64,000, the people that killed Sally Basset, where is their native land and where did They come from!

          • Wahoo says:

            Well aren’t you little ray of sunshine.

    • History is Fum says:

      reparations for what?