7th Annual Dame Eugenia Charles Distinguished Lecture
The University of the West Indies Open Campus in Collaboration with the Fort Young Hotel held the 7th annual Dame Eugenia Charles Distinguished Lecture on November 29th, 2012.
The topic of this lecture is “Of Heroes and Heritage: The Contribution of George James Christian of Dominica to the Social, Political and Legal Landscape of Ghana 1900-1940.
The lecturer is Professor Margaret Deanne Rouse-Jones, Former Campus (St. Augustine and UWI Librarian.
Professor Rouse-Jones says that heritage is the tradition people live by, their heritage and what will be handed down from the through generation.
She says Mr. Christian had a keen sense of heritage and that is why we can interrogate his life.
He realized that he had deviated from the norm and that it was important for him to document his experience.
His papers were safely kept by his daughter Essie Foster and were donated to UWI St. Augustine Library where they are available for the use of scholars and researchers.
He was born on February 23 1869 in Delices. He was educated at the Mico Training College in Antigua, and later returned to Dominica where he served as a school teacher.
He contributed a wide ranging survey of conditions in Africa which demonstrated that he had knowledge and understanding of the atrocities of slavery and of the continued domination and exploitation of African states by the colonization process.
Much of Professor Rouse-Jones’ career was spent working with West Indiana Special Collections and other heritage materials at UWI St. Augustine Campus Libraries.