Walkway named for Toussaint
Great Haitian leader Toussaint L’Ouverture was last night honoured for his vision by the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.
In a simple but fitting ceremony, a walkway at the campus’ Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination was named the Toussaint L’Ouverture Way.
Prinipal Professor Sir Hilary Beckles described the ceremony as a celebration of freedom. He added that it was fitting that the walkway be named after a man whose name, when translated, meant “the opener of the way”.
Sir Hilary added that the act was timely since 2011 was deemed by the United Nations to be the year to celebrate persons of African descent.
L’Ouverture, who died exactly 208 years ago, rose from a slave to become the driving force behind the cultural and intellectual explosion of blacks in Haiti. (KB)