Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica

Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica at Carifesta X – as a project of the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia, Canada.

SIR James Douglas, a son of the soil from Belmont, Mahaica who became the first Governor of British Columbia in Canada in the nineteenth century was honoured on Thursday, August 28, 2008 with a monument in his name.

The monument was unveiled by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds in the presence of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr. Frank Anthony; Minister within the Ministry of Education Dr. Desrey Fox;  Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) Bishop Juan Edghill;  President of the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia (GCCABC), Clyde Duncan and Mahaica residents.

This historic figure, who many know little about, was born to the mother of a slave and the father of a wealthy planter from Scotland who owned many plantations.  He was born in 1803, and departed Guyana in 1812 with his father and brother to attain an education in Scotland and returned to become governor of British Columbia in Canada. … Full article available at link below

Sir James Douglas monument unveiled at Mahaica

(Appeared in Guyanese Online Newsletter – March 2010 – Page 10)

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  • Ann deSouza Kennedy  On 04/02/2010 at 6:29 pm

    Clyde,Thanks for the info you posted on Sir James Douglas. What a climb for a man born of a freed slave from Barbados and a Scotsman.

    I would love to read the book, “The life of Amelia and James Douglas” You perked my curiosity. I will try to find it at Amazon.com.

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