Main Street certainly fulfilled all the expectations of the city’s forefathers from the date it was christened, and matches Brickdam, our oldest street, for popularity and prominence.

To start at the beginning of the twentieth century, our National Library was built and opened in 1909, following a grant from philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Thou-sands of Guyana’s sons and daughters have since browsed among its tomes.

Godfrey Chin
Our  nation’s pomp and pageantry  started opposite the library, when that fountain was replaced by the War Memorial,  (incorrectly called the Cenotaph), and from 1925 witnessed  our annual Remembrance Day, the laying of wreaths by governors, presidents, prime ministers and dignitaries honouring the dead of World Wars I and II. Indeed, every schoolchild was granted the opportunity yesteryear to participate and support by purchasing for a penny a red poppy in homage.      Continue reading