The life and liberation of an Amerindian woman who was sold into slavery in Barbados was honoured today.
A monument was erected in memory of Yarico who lived at the Kendal Plantation in St John.
“The significance of this monument takes us past the dark history of slavery, the resilience of our people, and the empowerment gained over time as we became proud of self and identity. It speaks to the value of heritage and how it can contribute to economic development,” Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Stephen Lashley told those gathered for the ceremony, including Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
“The presence of monuments such as the one celebrated this morning adds to the attractiveness of the Barbados heritage story and entices visitors in that market segment to our shores,” he added.
Addressing the gathering, that also included St John MP Mara Thompson, the management and staff of Kendal Plantation, and members of the community, Lashley pointed to the significance of the monument being unveiled on Errol Barrow Day.
“The name Errol Walton Barrow, our first Prime Minister and now National Hero, is associated with many of the principles that the Yarico story remind us of – liberation, equality and justice,” he said.
Jack Kidd, who has developed the story of Yarico into a musical soon to be performed in London, said the location should not only be a National Heritage Site but a World Heritage Site.
“They have a very similar thing for Pocahontas in America but Yarico is more of a real story and it’s here in Barbados and I think this is going to be the start of something brilliant for Barbados,” he said.