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Barbados plans its Heritage District

Regional 08 Dec, 2021 Follow News

The Barbados Heritage District will be on the outskirts of Bridgetown

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced the creation of the Barbados Heritage District – an area that will include a memorial, a major global research institute, and a museum located in Newton Plantation, on the outskirts of Bridgetown.

Mottley said that this will be dedicated to accurately recounting the historic and contemporary impact of slavery on Barbados and on the lives of individuals, cultures, and nations of the Western hemisphere. She added that the district’s research institute will document Barbados’ pivotal role as the harrowing portal through which millions of enslaved Africans were forced to the Americas.

She said: “In the wake of Barbados’ transition to the Parliamentary Republic, the Barbados Heritage District will also serve as a cornerstone and catalyst for the ongoing development of Barbados’ independent identity, culture, and place on the world stage.”

The ground-breaking is slated for 30 November 2022, on the first anniversary of Barbados’ status as the Parliamentary Republic. The development of the Barbados Heritage District will support significant job growth in new industries, technologies, and construction sectors.

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