by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A monument to memorialize the lives of those who paid the ultimate price during the Buckley’s Uprising and the significance of that day in 1935 may soon come to fruition.
The Nyabinghi Theocracy Order has been calling for a monument in recognition of the circumstances leading to the uprising which then sparked a regional movement in workers’ rights.
A committee spearheaded by Representative of Constituency 3, the Honourable Akilah Byron-Nisbett has been put in place to determine how best a monument can be erected in recognition of the Buckley’s Uprising.
Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Press Conference on February 10, 2022, Minister Byron-Nisbett shared details from research that was done in preparation for the building of the monument.
“In doing our research into the space, we learnt that in the early 2000’s there were a number of historical sites that were designated as historical so that those lands would remain with the National Historical Site Committee and with the Government. Unfortunately, the Buckley’s Estate was not designated in the early 2000’s as a Historical Site; and therefore, in our research and investigations, we learned that the lands were actually sold.”
The Hon. Akilah Byron-Nisbett said, the area of the Buckley’s Estate is no longer in control by the Government leading to several decisions being made in order for the monument to be built. These include the government repurchasing the land and trying to move occupants currently located at the area.
“We were in conversation with one of the mechanics that resides on the land. We also had discussions with Sustainable Development and trying to see whether or not we can move the mechanic, but it comes down to logistics. Would he be able to get a space that is adequate enough based on how it is now? Those discussions were not very easy, as there was not an area that was identified that he too was comfortable with; all of that was taken into consideration.”
Byron-Nisbett noted that another area identified as a location for the monument was the roundabout heading down towards Buckleys. According to her, the roundabout is under the care of Social Security, but some of the committee members were not comfortable with the idea, as they are more in favour of the monument being built where the Buckley’s Uprising occurred.
The Minister added that a report will be submitted to determine how best to move forward with the building of the monument at either of the locations, but regardless of the decision, Byron-Nisbett declared that a monument will be built in recognition of the Buckleys Uprising.