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Walk for freedom

Heather-Lynn Evanson

Walk for freedom

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FROM THE FEET of Bussa in Haggatt Hall to the feet of Errol Walton Barrow in Independence Square, scores of people yesterday participated in the Freedom Walk and Heritage Tour as part of the activities for Emancipation Day.
It was a day of colour and education.
Dressed in their African prints, they began the morning by placing floral tributes at the base of the Emancipation Statue – commonly known as the Bussa Statue – before they were entertained by the pulsating, hypnotic beat of the African drums.
In song and dance, in speech and in chant, the entertainers, including Anthony Gabby Carter, Nuwapians and Adrian Greene, paid tribute to the spirit of emancipation and the lives of 19th and 20th century freedom fighters in a more than two-hour long ceremony.
The singing then gave way to the heritage walk, conducted by two  eminent historians Morris Greenidge and Trevor Marshall, which looked “at some of the areas, the people, places and houses on this route from emancipation to independence”.