Three children and one parent representative from the Nonsuch Heritage Club (formed in conjunction with and to execute the Dialogues in the African Diaspora Museums Connect project between Jamaica and the United States) travelled from Portland to Kingston to attend the opening of the Blue and Johncrow Mountain (a World Heritage Site) exhibition which was held at the offices of The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/ Jamaica Memory Bank.
Among those in attendance were: Daynia Deans (President of The Nosuch Primary School Heritage Club); Hugh Wilson; Faith-Anna Stewart; Maureen Jones (Parent representative) and Venice Parchment (Jamaican Coordinator for the Dialogues in the African Diaspora project).
It was a proud moment for the newly formed Nonsuch Heritage Club as this was their first visit to a museum, first time viewing an exhibition and they were one of the first set of persons to view the exhibit. At the opening of the exhibit the Nonsuch Heritage Club was specially mentioned and given a token to officially recognize their participation as a Heritage Club. Lots of photographs were taken and the students visit was also featured in one of the pics on the Jamaica Information website. See here: http://jis.gov.jm/exhibition-opens-on-blue-and-john-crow-mountains/
The exhibit was interesting and informative and the children were able to identify some items in the exhibit such as the jerk pork pit, some of the flowers on display, craft items, as well as an endemic parrot.
The American contingent are due to visit Jamaica in April and some of the planned site visits for both the Jamaican and the American contingent include areas now part of World Heritage Site including a visit to the area thought to be the home of legendary freedom fighter and Jamaican heroine, Grandy Nanny; and a trip up the Rio Grande valley to visit the home of the endemic Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.
After the exhibit the children were taken out for lunch and a mini tour at two sites of interest — Sabina Park and Emancipation park. The students were shocked that statues in the parks were nude and one student exclaimed that they were very out of order to put the statues out there without any clothes!
Special thanks to Mr. Dervin Thomas of the district of Nonsuch who provided transportation.