Americans and Jamaicans Meet Each Other!

The American delegation consisting of coordinator Jacqueline Bishop, CCCADI museum staff members Melody Capote and Kadrena Cunningham, Kipp:Starr principal Stacy Johnson, Kipp:Starr after school coordinator Bernadette Baptiste-Hageman, and nine Kipp:Starr students travelled to Jamaica April 23rd — April 30th.

DSC01029 - CopyOn April 24th the Nonsuch Primary School and Kipp:Starr students met each other in person for the first time, as did teachers from both institutions and selected museum staff personnel involved in the project. The American delegation arrived at the Nonsuch School to a warm welcome whereby the students at the Nonsuch Primary School arranged themselves in a long line and welcomed individually the students from Kipp:Starr.

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Both the American and Jamaican students, following the direction of ACIJ staff, formed a wide circle and played the ring game of “Hello” which formed an ice-breaker for the students, who introduced themselves to each other. The ice-breaker events continued when the students moved into the school room where Americans were paired with Jamaicans to interview and present on their partners. Then everyone partook of a picnic prepared for the day.

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Following the picnic Americans and Jamaicans went on a tour of the heritage sites recovered in the district due to the “Dialogues in the African Diaspora” project. This tour was led by community member Laidley Bishop who had planned to visit all three heritage sites, however, because of rain, the group only got to visit one site, the ruins of what is thought to be a great house. Laidley Bishop was assisted by ACIJ staff Kesia Weise who gave a lengthy description of the great house site visited which talked about the history of slavery on the island of Jamaica and in the community of Nonsuch in particular.

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