A Piece of World History
WE CREATED A MONUMENT TO MARK THE ARRIVAL OF EAST INDIANS TO TT LONG BEFORE THE MONUMENT IN CALCUTTA TO MARK THEIR DEPARTURE
Did you know that long before the Govt of India and GOPIO constructed a monument to mark the departure of Indians to the Caribbean that in Trinidad a monument was constructed at Manmohansingh Park in Cedros in 1984. It was paid for by then Councillor Basdeo Manmohansingh and Alderman Surujrattan Rambachan who was the Chairman of the St Patrick County Council (1983-1987).
The monument is still thetre after 29 years and attracts visitors on a regular basis but especillay during Indian Arrival day functions. This location was prior to Indian Arrival Day becoming a holiday one of the most frequented sites for Indian Arrival Day celebrations. these were the years when Ramdath Jaggessar (now residing in Canada) led the movement to win a holiday for Indian arrival day and to increase pride in Indians about their presence and contribution to TT.
The sculpture was done by a sculptor from Rousillac at a cost of $1500.00 TT. It is a pity that the Tourism Ministry has not made this place into a more important visitor center and as well that those entrusted with identifying Heritage Sites have not accordingly given the significance it deserves. Maybe with Gopio’s meeting in T&T this year 2015 we will probably have a visit by international visitors to the conference to the site.