Monument to Symbolize Freedom, has been Unveiled

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Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence

In remembrance and honour of the contributions of African slaves on Dominica’s social, economic, cultural and historical development, a new monument has been unveiled.

The unveiling of the ‘Negre Mawon’ Emancipation Monument, was just one of the many activities, which marked the emancipation celebrations on Thursday 1st August.

Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence noted that as a nation, it is important to be aware of our history and culture, to understand where we came from and what contributed to who we are today.

Mr. Lawrence said it is important to recognize the hardship that these slaves endured and the contributions they have made to our lives and culture.

Meanwhile Honourable Ambrose George, who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said the 175th anniversary of full emancipation is an important milestone for Dominica.

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Honourable Ambrose George, who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

According to Mr. George, we have a task to rewrite our history and tell a real story from our perspective; we must stop regurgitating the stories that perpetuate the hero centric view, of the stories that demonize our heroes.

August 1st marked the 175th anniversary of full emancipation.

The Monument was built by Architect Franklyn Zamore.

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