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Wooden cultural iconic edifices of Georgetown – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Houses of culture: Wooden cultural iconic edifices of Georgetown

Stabroek News – August 19, 2008 – In Guyana Review

Francis Quamina Farrier reflects on three of Georgetown’s wooden buildings and their impact on the shaping of contemporary Guyanese culture.

Some buildings talk; at least they talk to me. If you want to hear their stories you have to listen carefully. Sometimes you  have to touch them in order to absorb their treasure troves of information.

Ken CorsbieThree of Georgetown’s wooden structures come  to mind. They have myriad stories to tell and they have told me some of those stories.  Each of these three buildings lay legitimate claim to being a catalyst for CARIFESTA.

First, there is the Taitt Family home on Quamina Street, now The Cara Lodge. Then there is the home of Dr. Singh on Lamaha Street.. The third building is the City Hall.  Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Magazine – Nov 2013

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GCA November 2013

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised

MARCH 1, 2013 Georgetown, Gina, February 28, 2013

Women’s contribution to emancipation struggle must be recognised – Professor Verene Shepherd

 The Caribbean was urged to take action to honour women who contributed significantly to the fight for emancipation yet still remain unknown for the most part.

Speaking at the third in the series of commemorative lectures to mark the 250th anniversary of the 1763 Slave Rebellion, Professor Verene Shepherd, urged a correction of this lack of recognition and make history compulsory in all schools.

Professor Shepherd from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica said, “A Guyanese woman, Cecile Nobrega inspired the first public monument to a black woman in England, but we are not focusing on our own deficiencies in the area of symbolic decolonisation, and one of the reasons there’s no groundswell is that we don’t know who they are.”    Continue reading

The Bronze Woman – by Cecile Nobrega (1919-2013)

Editor’s Note:It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecile Nobrega on November 19, 2013 at the age of 94.

The Bronze Woman statue in Stockwell, London

Bronze woman Statue

In the south London town of Stockwell at the Stockwell Memorial Gardens  is a 10-foot bronze sculpture of a woman holding a child. It is the first public statue of a black woman in England. The Bronze Woman  was unveiled on October 8, 2008 (see BBC story).  It was the brainchild of a Guyanese poet and local resident Cécile Nobrega (nee Burgan).

The Statue in Stockwell Memorial Gardens is a timely reminder to the entire struggle of women as the bearers of children, of their strength, and of their aspirations for future generations of women to achieve a higher status in life.

The statue was designed by renowned sculptor Ian Walters, whose many famous London sculptures include the Nelson Mandela statue next to the Royal Festival Hall.  Walters died before the project was completed and it was finished by sculptor-artist Aleix Barbat, at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.  Continue reading

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