Controversy continues over where 1823 Monument ought to be built – 17th Dec 2012
There is still some controversy about where the 1823 Monument in memory of the Demerara Slavery Uprising ought to be built. The Ministry of Culture a few weeks back indicated, that the monument will be situated at the Seawalls. 12 years ago, the sod was turned at the Parade ground on Middle Street for the monument to be built there, since it is a place with historical importance for the slave trade and what took place there during the days of slavery. The switch to a location at the seawalls has irked a number of African Rights groups. Today, the Culture Minister said, back in 2011 several efforts were made by the committee responsible for the monument to have persons suggest locations, since the Parade ground location was not big enough and would impede on the football field and other facilities there. He said, no suggestions were received and the new location was agreed to afterwards.
The opposition pressed the Minister on whether any other consultation was done.
2013 will mark 250 years since the 1763 Berbice rebellion and several activities are being planned to commemorate not just that rebellion, but the others that followed.
The Demerara Uprising was seen as a major blow to the slave trade and one that may have fast tracked the abolition of slavery just over a decade after.