PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) joins the rest of the world to celebrate International Day of Monuments and Sites or World Heritage Day, observed annually on April 18th.
This day offers an opportunity to raise the public’s awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability.
As part of this observance, the SLNT has planned a students’ tour of the Morne Fortune Historic Area. With its strategic view of Castries Harbour, Morne Fortune became the focal point for fortification and battles between the two colonial powers, the British and French in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Following the tour, which will be led by notable Saint Lucian Historian, Dr. Gregor Williams, students will visit Walcott Place. Walcott Place, which was opened in January 2016, has created a physical space to celebrate Roderick and Derek Walcott’s achievements and their contribution to the arts.
The Trust hopes that this initiative would engender within our youth a greater sense of pride and appreciation for our heritage and encourage greater use of our sites not only for recreational activities but as a tool for educational and research purposes.