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Baobab tree planted as part of Emancipation celebrations

RACHELLE AGARD, rachelleagard@nationnews.com

Added 01 August 2020


Pan Africanists gather at the feet of the Emancipation Statue to mark Emancipation Day in Barbados. (Pictures by Lennox Devonish)

Pan Africanists and supporters gathered at the Emancipation Statue, commonly known as Bussa, at the J.T.C Ramsay roundabout to offer libations to their ancestors early this morning. emancipation-day-trevor-prescod

Among those offering words of encouragement during the ceremony were Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Barbados, Sergio de Jesus Jorge Pastrana; Chargé d’affaires for the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Barbados, Álvaro Sánchez Cordero; Cultural Ambassador The Most Honourable Anthony “The Mighty Gabby” Carter, Wayne “Butter Skillet” Harewood, Rodney Worrell and Wayne “Onkphra” Wells.

Also in attendance were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture and the National Development Commission John King, Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade Sandra Husbands and MP Trevor Prescod (above).

The Emancipation Riders, led by Ian “Cupid” Gill, rode from Bayley’s Plantation in St Philip and did three laps around the roundabout.

At the end of the celebration, those gathered planted a baobab tree, a gift to Barbados from Africa, on the opposite side of the road near iMart Pharmacy.  (RA) 




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