Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 16, 2015 (SKNIS)—A museum to be built at the residence of National Hero Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and a National Heroes Park are on the agenda of the Government of National Unity, says Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.
Speaking at the wreath-laying ceremony on National Heroes Day at the Bradshaw Memorial Park in St. Paul’s, Prime Minister Harris said that his government wants to “commemorate the life and work of our first national hero.”
“I wish to inform my fellow citizens and residents that your Government has taken certain decisions to enhance and enrich our heritage. One of these decisions relates to the former home of our first national hero. It is intended that this historic property be placed under the aegis of the Saint Christopher National Trust. The Government had earlier entered into a lease rental agreement with the Trustees of his daughter’s estate,” Prime Minister Harris said.
The Prime Minister said that it is the goal of the Government to erect a museum at Sir Robert’s residence in his honour.
“Sir Robert, our first National Hero, a man steeped in history and knowledge of our West Indian heritage, would smile at this signal honor, he said. “This museum will constitute yet another site for both locals and visitors alike to visit and learn of our history. We, in this Unity Government, are committed to ensuring that our children learn of our local history which will serve to enhance their sense of patriotism, rootedness and direction.”
He said that His Excellency the Governor General in his capacity as Patron of the National Trust has established a representative committee of persons to spearhead the establishment of the museum.
The third prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis also announced that in further celebration of the country’s national heroes “your Government will be designating an area to erect plaques and eventually busts of all of our National Heroes.”
“Accordingly, a competition for both citizens locally and in the diaspora will be launched to seek your input in the designation of a site for our National Heroes Park,” he said.
“The concept of a National Heroes Park represents a new ethos, a fresh thinking in our treatment of not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but of all our national heroes. This location will become the sacred and special site to which locals and tourists will come,” said Prime Minister Harris.
“A country and its people require its heroes not only to provide the exemplars for the society but as a constant reminder of the values, virtues, the quality of work and vision, that made our nation great.
“It is right that we honour our Heroes who have contributed so meaningfully to our National development. We invite your suggestions and ideas as to how we can achieve this worthy goal of honoring our heroes,” Prime Minister Harris said.