CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum

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The monument commemorating Barbados’ first free village in Rock Hall, St. Thomas. (Photo via BGIS)
The monument commemorating Barbados’ first free village in Rock Hall, St. Thomas. (Photo via BGIS)

Members of the public are invited to the CARIFESTA Rock Hall Living Museum, which takes place on SundayAugust 20, at the Rock Hall Freedom Village, St. Thomas, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

According to the Focal Point for Heritage in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, Sheron Johnson, the free event which celebrates the establishment of the first free Barbadian village in 1841 after Emancipation, will commemorate “elements of African ancestry and the contribution of the former enslaved and their descendants”.

“The Living Museum employs a community-oriented approach that has placed the residents at the heart of the planning for the activity. It will be a legacy of CARIFESTA XIII and will use living history as “a primary mode of interpretation to tell the story of the community”, she stated.

Underscoring that this would be the first time that heritage will feature prominently in CARIFESTA, Ms. Johnson said that the project speaks to the tangible and intangible heritage that is the foundation of The Rock Hall Freedom Village. (more…)