African groups drum up the call for an 1823 monument at Parade Ground and nowhere else – 6th Dec 2012
It was in this space, the Parade Ground, or what is now called Independence Park, that hundreds of African slaves were executed some 200 years ago, some were beheaded and their heads hung on poles as a warning to others not to try another rebellion. To honour those who were killed, former President Jagdeo, 12 years ago, had helped bury coins at the site, and promised to have a monument erected there.
Today, those who support the building of the monument at Parade Ground demanded that the Government stay true to the commitment made by Jagdeo in year 2000.
The Government is constructing the 1823 monument, but groups such as the African Cultural Development Organisation are ignoring the project.
The country’s main African Cultural Organisation, ACDA, said it was not consulted about the plan to place the monument on Carifesta Avenue and not the Parade Ground.
The groups are insisting that the Parade Ground is the only fitting place to honour the slaves who were slaughtered in 1823.