CURB Supports Statue To Honour Mary Prince

March 22, 2019

Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda [CURB] said they support the efforts to create a statue honouring Bermuda’s National Hero Mary Prince, adding that they encourage the Ministry to ensure the statue is located in a central and wheelchair accessible site

A spokesperson said, “CURB wishes to support Minister Lovitto Foggo on leading the efforts to erect a memorial statue to Bermuda’s National Hero Mary Prince.

“Mary Prince’s extraordinary contributions to the emancipation of Bermudians of African descent, and the hundreds of thousands of others throughout the British colonies that were freed by emancipation, is part of CURB’s 2019 Racial Justice Platform and we are excited the Ministry are rapidly moving forward with this initiative.

“While we recognize how important this memorial will be to Bermudians, we cannot overlook that Mary Prince’s story impacted worldwide emancipation in the British Colonies, as she was pivotal in changing the hearts and minds of the voting public in the United Kingdom with the publication of her book The History of Mary Prince, the first account of the life of an enslaved Black women published in the U.K. in 1831.

“This memorial to Mary Prince will also be a place for Bermudians to silently honour the thousands of enslaved Bermudians of African descent buried throughout the island with no headstones or memorial to their memory.

“A statute to Mary Prince will be the first in the world and it would be a moving and inspirational addition to the African Diaspora Trail in Bermuda, being visited by locals and overseas visitors alike.

“We are confident that the Minister will make this a truly inclusive and educational outreach to the community by working together with history and arts organizations, schools and the people of Bermuda to create a truly collaborative effort to raise funds, celebrate and raise awareness about this extraordinary woman. Thus, when Bermudians visit this statue, they will know that they are part of the work to create and honour Mary Prince.

“To that end we would encourage the Ministry to ensure the statue is located in a central and wheelchair accessible site, in a location with ample parking, so that the people of Bermuda, school children, and overseas visitors to the African Diaspora Heritage Trail have ease of access, free parking and an educational centre dedicated to Mary Prince so that her work and life can truly be commemorated.”

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  1. watcher says:

    I’m still waiting on CURBS statement on the white football referee who was racially abused! Did I miss it?

    • wahoo says:

      That is not on the agenda. Sadly their definition of racism is very one dimensional.

      • Ben says:

        “One dimensional?” My God, will you people EVER grow up?

        • Wahoo says:

          Sorry if “one dimensional” is difficult to understand. The point that I wanted to convey is that racism works both ways and CURB only seem to highlight what suits their agenda (whatever that is). I have been here all my life, went to public school, sang “jesus loves the little children” every morning, and I have never known the races to be as polarized as much as they are now. I blame politics for this and I think curb are more political than they are genuinely concerned about creating harmony. My opinion of course.

          • Toodle-oo says:

            Not just your opinion either .

          • Ben W. says:

            The only reason there’s disharmony is because the status quo that you’re so used to is finally being challenged, and you’re not happy about it. Get ready to be very unhappy for a long time.

  2. Rotten Onion says:

    Well I suggest CURB pay for it as well.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Let them raise the money among themselves & see how long it takes.

  3. Onion Peels says:

    “A statute to Mary Prince” ??

    Only in Bermuda …

    • Question says:

      Couldn’t make it up could you.

    • Ben says:

      You mean a statue honoring one of the more pivotal figures in the anti-slavery movement? I sure hope your comment isn’t meant to be sarcastic.

      • Chris Nelson says:

        I believe they may be referring to the spelling of ‘statute’

  4. Joe Bloggs says:

    Doesn’t everyone support it?

  5. fools says:

    as usual- non Bermudians on this thread

    • Question says:


    • Or racist Bermudians, yet we have a statue of George Somers who like Columbus got lost and stumbled on de island and were legal pirates using the crown and their flags as an International free pass to plunder and confiscate lands.
      Yet we still get hypnotized with Brother Johnny Barns statue with the “just smile and wave” attitude regardless how we are treated, which should have been the spot where the Sally Bassett’s statue should have been as it is the area were she was gruesomely tortured while burned at the stake.
      Some of us will continue to advocate justice for those who experienced the 400 years of HORROR that our ancsestors endured just like how the Jews honour their Holocust.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Still trying to re-write history on Somers as many times as you’ve been schooled , eh ?
        And as silly as some thought a Johnny Barnes statue was at least it was paid for with private donations.
        We all know that you’d really love to have a statue that evokes hate at every junction in Bermuda though.
        And what is this current day ‘how we ARE treated’ all about ? You haven’t got a clue what horrible treatment is.
        And finally, the Jews are able to honor their holocaust because it was a result of an illegal war in relatively recent times.
        As horrible as (all) slavery was , and it still exists you know , it only became illegal once it was outlawed in the west by those people over in Britain that you love to hate .

      • Wahoo says:

        You are about as racist as they come….but curb never pull you up on it and I think I know why.

    • St.George's Passport and Immigration Control says:

      ONLY a ‘fool’ such as you could leave as you have done!

  6. St.George's Passport and Immigration Control says:

    African Diaspora Heritage Trail has NOT had any visitors.

  7. Jane says:

    I though there was one already – on the Cabinet office grounds? If not, who is that a statue of with her hands bound behind her back.

  8. comfortably numb says:

    Curb has to be the most blinkered, bigoted, one-eyed group on the island. Still waiting for their condemnation of the racist homophobic comments graffitied all over the island and the racist taunts towards a referee.

    • Ben says:

      Sounds like you’ve got a few slave-owner ancestors of your own that you’re hoping the world never learns about.

      • lav says:

        Ben, dude…you’re not as smart as OJ….give the keyboard back.

        • Ben W. says:

          I like my keyboard just fine, thanks. You’re the one hiding behind your PC.

  9. Well, they are fighting for a 400 year old atrocity that has fashioned a society that has benifitted some at the expence of others.
    So you have every right to fight for your cause like they are doing.

  10. Triangle Drifter says:

    You will be waiting for eternity.