Students Bring Mary Prince’s Legacy To Life

June 28, 2023 | 6 Comments

[Updated with video] “Clearwater Middle School students produced a captivating film about the life and legacy of Mary Prince and the Ministry is delighted to recognize the extraordinary creativity of these young minds,” said Minister of Education Diallo Rabain.

A Government spokesperson said, “Under the guidance of their Social Studies Teacher, Ms. Shimane Furroze, several M1 – M3 students created an original piece called The Mary Prince Movie, a black and white film that was written, produced, directed and acted by the students.

“Students participating in the film included, Kamila Simons, Arianna Woods, Sekret Hill-Waldron, De’Arrie Inserra, Etana Holdipp, Ariah Peets, Callae Foggo, Keeliah Canies, Jazamine Borden Everett, Santiago Almedia, Tarryn Mathie,, Nazari Butterfield, Na’Quhaj Craine, and Unas Woolridge.”

Clearwater Middle School Mary Prince June 2023

Ms. Furroze said, “It’s such a pleasure to encourage our young people to learn more about Bermuda’s rich and diverse history. M1 student Kamila Simons embodied the role of Mary Prince in the film, and she persevered in learning and rehearsing her lines to make her role realistic. She was supported by her equally passionate classmates who all worked together to not only showcase their talent, but to create something that was unique and told from their own perspective.”

Minister Rabain concluded, “Our students embarked on an exploration of history that highlighted the impact of one of Bermuda’s National Heroes – Mary Prince. They reimagined and reenacted the life of Mary Prince and deserve to be commended for their film’s contribution to fostering an understanding and appreciation of Bermuda’s rich history.

“I am certain that Clearwater Middle School’s original production of The Mary Prince Movie will inspire future generations of young people, and we hope this project will ignite more young people to take bold creative steps such as this.”

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  1. Observer says:

    If schools are to teach the history of Bermuda, then it must include not just the black history of Bermuda, but the complete history of Bermuda. There is an enormous amount of diverse history and it’s not all bad. It’s quite amazing how little the average Bermudian knows about the full extent of our history, it’s worth learning.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      You are, of course, correct. But then there will be those who point out that Bermuda’s Black history was not taught in schools at all until quite recently.

      Our history is quite different from that of the United States and the “plantation” colonies in the Caribbean (such as Jamaica).

      • Observer says:

        As far as I can tell, there has been no history of Bermuda taught in schools. Ask any Bermudian what are Lefroy’s Memorials and they probably don’t know. Ask them who was Richard Norwood or Lieutenant Savage and likewise. Bermuda’s history is comprehensive and extremely interesting and should be taught from the day of occupation.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          “Ask any Bermudian what are Lefroy’s Memorials”

          They record the early history of these Islands in 2 volumes. Original works were not available last I checked, but I have been told the reprints are available at the Maritime Museum.

          “who was Richard Norwood” the man who first mapped Bermuda (and gave us the overplus in Somerset)

          “Lieutenant Savage” another surveyor, this one known for the Royal Naval Dockyard

        • Sigh says:

          As far as you can tell?! What research have you done? As a teacher in a Bermuda public school I can confirm that Bermuda history is taught at the primary, middle, and secondary level. As someone who seems to know about history, you would know that history is usually taught through the perspective of those that came out on top; the examples you gave prove my point perfectly. Rosemary Jones’ book, “Bermuda: Five Centuries” is another example of our history being told through a narrow lens (eg. half a page given for Sally Bassett!).
          I 100% agree that history should be taught comprehensively. I’ve shown my students a map created by Norwood. I’ve also shown them the map created by Diego Ramirez, but one shouldn’t teach about Ramirez and not mention Venturilla. One shouldn’t teach about Mary Prince without talking about her various captors. On the flip side, one shouldn’t teach about Bermuda’s social movements without mentioning Dr. Barbara Ball.
          Please be informed before you make comments on a whim.

  2. puzzled says:

    Your both correct.

    Mary Prince?

    Hell I am 75 years old and never knew her name until 25 years ago.

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