Exhibition to observe 70th anniversary of Castries fire starts next Tuesday

By Saint Lucia National Trust

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On June 19, 1948, seventy years ago, 75% of the town of Castries was destroyed by fire and left two thousand (2,000) persons homeless.

Fortuitously, there was no loss of life, however, it was catastrophic enough that it tested the survival and the daily livelihood of residents.

According to Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) Programme Officer for Built Heritage, Ms. Germaine Joseph, “The fire sent a ripple effect throughout the Caribbean and Europe. In a House of Commons sitting, Mr. Rees Williams commented that the loss was provisionally estimated at a little under £2,000,000 and that a contribution from His Majesty’s Government is under consideration. It is information of this nature that we would like to highlight during the 70th Anniversary Observance of the 1948 Castries fire.”

To this end, the SLNT is partnering with the Castries City Constituency Council, the Cultural Development Foundation, the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy, Media Zone and Choice TV to stage the two day exhibition.

The public is encouraged to view the exhibition which will be held at City Hall, Peynier Street, Castries on Tuesday, June 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eyewitnesses and survivors will be on hand to relay their accounts at the event and rare footage and audio visual installations of town of Castries between 1941- 1966 will be shown.

The Trust calls on the public to share any information on the fire which changed the urban landscape of Castries. Information can be sent to [email protected] or call 452-5005.

We look forward to the public’s participation in observing this historic event!

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7 comments

  1. Lessons of the past always seem forgotten. Castries has wooden shacks strewn all over indiscriminately with no fire safety protocols. You know what burns nicely? Wood. And see all those barbecue grill on the outside of those buildings especially considering open flames in the city is ILLEGAL? Great fuel source for Castries 3.0? Not if but when.

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  2. In 70 years there will be a show commemorating the gun violence and urine soaked era of castries that is right now.

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  3. What is the value of this exhibition again? It seems to have dissolved in the planned "show for a shows sake".

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  4. I totally agree with Anonymous.

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  5. Why only 2 days? Why the restrictive hours? Obviously a lot of effort has gone into this and not many people will be able to see it.

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  6. New Testament Verse of the Day:

    For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
    –Galatians 5:6

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  7. You'll cannot have a time when parents can take their childre. Chupse

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