Heritage Month: 5 Schools to Re-Enact Slavery on River Antoine Estate

River Antoine Rum Distillery Photo-Pure Grenada

Five schools from St Patrick will participate in the first reenactment of slavery, on River Antoine Estate in St Patrick as part of this year’s Heritage Month.

Heritage Month is celebrated worldwide this year under the theme ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Development.’  The theme was selected by the United Nations in keeping with their designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The National Heritage Month Committee chaired by Ann Marie Marecheau has planned a series of events as part of the celebrations. The event planned for the River Antoine Estate on 27 April, 2017, will be held from 10 am. The communities of River Sallee, Tivoli, La Poterie, Hermitage and Sauteurs are all expected to be a part of the activities, to include drumming and Tilingo dancing.

The event will be conducted in two phases — the first part imitating the Arrival and Life on the Estate of the enslaved, followed by the expression of liberation, the Saraca. It is hoped that this concept can become a permanent feature in the development of rural tourism on the island and that the nation’s children can have a better understanding of the way the slaves lived on the various estates in Grenada.

Expected to be in attendance are Senator the Hon Brenda Hood, Minister for Culture; Hon Roland Bhola, Parliamentary Representative for St.Andrew North East. The Committee extends an invitation to all Grenadians to this event.

Source: Ministry of Tourism

River Antoine Rum Distillery. Photo by Goats on the Road

 

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