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‘Use Empire for riots museum’

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‘Use Empire for riots museum’

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There is a new idea on how to use the Empire Theatre if it is ever rescued from its derelict state.
Speaking to the DAILY NATION after a lecture on the 1937 Labour Rebellion at Christ Church Foundation School hall on Saturday night, historian Dr Henderson Carter said he would like a riots museum set up on the site of the former cinema.
“I’m saying a riots museum based on the fact that that area was the stomping ground for Clement Payne, what we call the Golden Square, next to the Empire Theatre.  
“. . . It was there where the [1937] rioting started. The first place that was attacked was the Empire Theatre, and on that basis – narrow basis nevertheless – I think we ought to have a riots museum. We ought to help people to remember that this was the epicentre of the riots, which really brought social justice to this country,” Carter said. (YB)