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GIHR Online News – 2018 Emancipation issue

   Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR) Newsletter

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Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America

Before Columbus: How Africans Brought Civilization to America

By Garikai Chengu – Global Research, August 10, 2018
Global Research 12 October 2014

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2014.

On Monday [October 13 2014], America’s government offices, businesses, and banks all grind to a halt in order to commemorate Columbus Day. In schools up and down the country, little children are taught that a heroic Italian explorer discovered America, and various events and parades are held to celebrate the occasion.

It has now become common knowledge amongst academics that Christopher Columbus clearly did not discover America, not least because is it impossible to discover a people and a continent that was already there and thriving with culture. One can only wonder how Columbus could have discovered America when people were watching him from America’s shores.      Continue reading

Georgetown. Guyana: MAIN STREET – Nostalgia article by Godfrey Chin

Main Street  – Nostalgia 453  – 

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

Thoughts on the Demolition of the St. Rose’s High School –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Thoughts on the Demolition of the St. Rose’s High School –  by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

The demolition of the St. Rose’s High School on Church Street, South Cummingsburg in Georgetown, Guyana, began on Monday July 9, 2018, after it was decided by the Board of Governors, that the structure had reached a state of disrepair.

So the demolition was inevitable due to its terminal condition. But that does not ease the pain of many present and former students of the St. Rose’s High School, as well as for many who have never been students of that institution of higher learning, the pain is no less.      Continue reading

US$4.3M needed to restore City Hall – EU will fund project

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

…EU urges buy-in from all stakeholders as it delivers restoration plan

IT would take some US$4.3M to restore the iconic City Hall Building from its ruins, and while a Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan has been completed with funding from the European Union, the financing is now needed to execute the ambitious plan to save the building.

Located at the corner of Regent Street and Avenue of the Republic, stands City Hall – one of the Caribbean’s finest timber buildings erected in 1889 but with every passing day, the three –storey rectangular building that imitates the Classical (Gothic) Revival architectural style, continues to deteriorate. On Monday at the Pegasus Hotel, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, Jernej Videti? formally handed over copies of the Comprehensive Restoration and Sustainable Conservation Management Plan to the Government of Guyana and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.   READ MORE

Guyana: Celebrating Guyanese Icons from New Amsterdam – By Valerie Coddett

Celebrating Guyanese Icons from New Amsterdam


By Valerie Coddett

Who is Valerie Coddett?

Some eight years ago I shared the 1952 and 1954 British Guiana music festival results on F-Book with a group of Guyanese friends/acquaintances who insisted I record the event. I was born in Bread Street, New Amsterdam (renamed Charles Place after Sir Charles Woolley, a former British Governor). The first seventeen years of my life were spent there. Having emigrated to the United States some fifty years ago, I am now attempting to portray my impressions of the New Amsterdam I knew. It is my hope that in sharing these stories, they will provide not only an Afrocentric view of New Amsterdam but a Truth-centric one as well. I have included other stellar personalities the soil has produced.    Continue reading

CHINA: Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge – the world’s longest sea bridge

China is opening the world’s longest  sea bridge — and it contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers

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Undersea tunnel of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is seen, in Zhuhai city,  south China’s Guangdong province, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

China is the midst of several megaprojects that will transform its cities.

Over the next decade, China plans to encourage 250 million  people – roughly 29 times New York City’s population – to move into the country’s growing megacities. To cope with that huge migration, the country has invested tens of billions of dollars in giant infrastructure projects.

In may 2018, China opened its most ambitious megaproject yet: a bridge that connects Hong Kong, Macau, and the mainland’s southern city of Zhuhai. Stretching 34 miles long, it’s the world’s longest cross-sea bridge, according  to the AFP.

Take a look below.             Continue reading

Travelling around Georgetown 1843-2011 – By Godfrey Chin


Georgetown is probably the least expensive capital city in the world to traverse with a taxi-fare for one drop G$300 (US$1.50), while the fare on any minibus route is G$60 (30 US cents).

GT Minibuses (2011)

The bonus is a ‘chapta’ adventure, a roller coaster ride with the sonic boom of indecipherable music in the enclosed jam-packed minibuses; the incessant horns hooting in routine standstill, gridlock traffic jams; and Usain Bolt-style dashes to beat every traffic light. Praying is expected, and choking possible as the breath is held in this daily lottery of playing chicken on the roadway.     Continue reading

My $500 house in Detroit — and the neighbors who helped me – TED video

My $500 house in Detroit — and the neighbors who helped me rebuild it – Drew Philp

In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn’t just learn how to repair a house — he learned how to build a community.

In a tribute to the city he loves, Philp tells us about “radical neighborliness” and makes the case that we have “the power to create the world anew together and to do it ourselves when our governments refuse.”   TEDNYC | November 2017  …… PLAY VIDEO

ONCE UPON A TIME IN BRITISH GUIANA – 27 Poems – By Dmitri Allicock

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