As Barbados celebrates National Heroes Day, there are renewed calls for the removal of Lord Nelson’s statue from its prominent place in National Heroes Square, The City.
Secretary of the Pan-African Coalition of Organizations, David Denny, made this appeal while addressing a small group gathered at the statue of Bussa at Haggatt Hall, St Michael this morning to recognize the contributions made by General Bussa and Nanny Greg to the liberation of Afro- Barbadians.
Terming the presence of the statue of Lord Nelson in National Heroes Square as an insult to all those who fought for the destruction of the institution of slavery in Barbados, Denny argued that it shows that Barbadians do not understand their history.
The longstanding Pan-Africanist pointed out that Lord Nelson fought for the retention of the institution of slavery in the British Empire.
Denny however lauded the scholarly research done by Sir Hilary Beckles which showed that General Bussa was the undisputed leader of the 1816 Rebellion which began at Bayley’s Plantation in St Philip.
He also identified late historian, Leroy Harewood, Rickey Parris, Glenroy Straughn, Clement Payne, Israel Lovell, Tony Cheeseman, and David Comissiong among others for their significant contributions to the liberation of Afro-Barbadians.
Denny further praised the government of Venezuela which recently dedicated a part of its cultural centre at Rockley, Christ Church to the memory of General Bussa.
Meanwhile, in an equally brief presentation, Pan-Africanist, Baba John Howell, paid homage to all freedom fighters that fought for the liberation of Blacks who at one stage of their history built great civilizations in Africa and around the world.