By Arthia Nixon, The Ambassador Agency
for Clifton Heritage National Park
Photos: Reuno Pratt, Padishah Studios
(Nassau, The Bahamas) The first Bahamian holiday for 2015 found hundreds of locals and tourists getting a dose of sun, sand, sea and history at Clifton Heritage National Park. The best kept secret on the island offers ecotourists and history buffs a unique combination of a part of The Bahamas that is often overlooked when one considers the archipelago.
According to Mario Scott Bannister, Managing Director of CHNP, the site was a welcome to many parents who were determined to teach their children the significance of the holiday which commemorates the events of 1967, described as a “second emancipation” for Bahamians.
“On this side of the world, The Bahamas is considered a nation with a population that is about eighty per cent Black but a success by many standards,” Bannister noted. “It was wonderful to see persons here on Majority Rule Day, a day that gave the vast majority of Bahamians the right to vote, walking among the Whylly Plantation slave village that housed their African ancestors who were on this property as slaves. Then to leave that area to walk amongst Antonius Roberts’ Sacred Space sculptures which symbolize slave women looking toward the Africa that them and their descendents never got to see again but have those descendents here on the site they once walked living as equal as those who once enslaved them. Americans who visited connected that it was a great experience for them because they were here for Majority Rule Day, which coincidentally falls right into the events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, so it was a double celebration of sorts for them.”
Of course with the location being so near to BREEF’s underwater sculpture garden, Bannister added that this snorkeling and other water related activities was another popular part of the park. He said that he is most optimistic that the site, as more interest is being shown from locals and tourists alike. For more information visit cliftonheritage.org, or visit facebook.com/cliftonheritage, and 242-362-5360 or 242- 477-7092