By Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Cabinet of Ministers in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis approved the construction of the Buckley’s Uprising Monument Park.
On the eve of the 88th anniversary of Buckley’s uprising, the announcement was made that 1.57 acres of land had been earmarked for the monument.
The Cabinet also approved the establishment of the Buckley’s Uprising Monument Park which will spearhead the construction of the monument to pay homage to the heroes whose lives were sacrificed during the uprising. It was that day, January 28, 1935, that sparked the birth of democracy in the Caribbean.
The Nyabinghi Theocracy Order commemorates Buckley’s Uprising annually and 2023 is no exception. The event is slated for Saturday, January 28 at Buckley’s Estate under the theme “Recognizing, Embracing, Restoring and Preserving the Legacy of Martyrs in the Buckleys’s Uprising.”
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, Minister of Creative Economy Hon. Samal Duggins and Parliamentary Representative for Constituency Number 3 Hon. Konris Maynard are expected to deliver remarks. Drumming, chanting, poetry, and laying of wreaths will also make up the event’s agenda.
The Nyabinghi Theocracy Order has long been championing the cause to have a Buckley’s Uprising monument built. Members of the religious organisation have repeatedly expressed that “people have been very lackadaisical” in recognising the momentous occasion.
The group has also expressed its disappointment that the Buckley’s Uprising situation has not been taught in the schools and suggests that the story of the riot be documented and passed on to future generations.