Sunday, October 7, 2012

VANDALISED Centuries-old heritage tomb spanning Caribbean global diaspora in 5 continents vandalised


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Defaced & Vandalised
Historic tomb of prominent T&T families in pieces

The marble tombstone of one of Trinidad and Tobago’s oldest, wealthiest and most influential lineages involving the genealogies of some 20 prominent families with ancestral ties through European, North and South American, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, has been vandalised and defaced.
We discovered this on the inaugural LiTTour – Journeys Through the Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago, on our way to ‘save’ another heritage building - the old Mayaro Post Office which is represented as a key literary house in my book LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago as the setting of several of the novels and short stories of Michael Anthony.
The lineage represented by the tombstone of the first family of Ganteaumes in Mayaro includes admirals and captains, planters and slaves, legislators, ministers of government and the church, clergymen, businessmen, judges, media moguls, derby winners, sportsmen
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in cricket and football, historians, bankers, insurers, educators, senior civil servants, national and international award winners among them with blood ties to our Spanish, French and British colonial history, their interaction with subsequent migrant streams from Africa and Asia, all with a significant number of still influential descendants to the present day.
One of the pieces left behind carried the cryptic graveyard abbreviation R.I.P.

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The LiTTour journey 
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...As were entering Mayaro, I began describing how the coconut industry appears under the IndusTTry section of the book LiTTscapes - Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago as it forms the backdrop of the action of ..

....If revolutions are the impulse of change, then it could only take a revolution to heal the hurts and rifts and divides that still haunts – a revolution through reading.
More of these historical cycles in my upcoming discourse with Queen Elizabeth II Letters To Lizzie. Visit www.kris-rampersad.blogspot for more.
--Dr Kris Rampersad is a researcher, educator and heritage facilitator/consultant, and author of the book, LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago on which LiTTours - Journeys though the Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago are based.
CAPTION Above: In Pieces: The vandalised marble tombstone of the Ganteaumes in Mayaro, encountered by (from left) LiTTscapes author and heritage specialist, Dr Kris Rampersad; head of the Historical Restoration Unit Rawle Mitchell; historian/author Michael Anthony, sketch artist Anthony Timothy and Gia Gaspard Taylor of the Rural Women's Network during the Inaugural LiTTour from Port of Spain through Sangre Gande to Mayaro. Photos by Kriston Chen, Courtesy LiTTours (c) Kris Rampersad 2012.

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