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Dear Sir,

I may be out of my depth here, but, with all due respect, I believe our government has picked the wrong park to rename the Mary Prince Emancipation Park. It should be Bernard Park in Pembroke.

I understand that Mary Prince was born in Devonshire, but her years there were relatively happy compared with the brutal ones she endured in a house off St John's Road in Pembroke.

Bernard Park is hardly far off from that spot. For me, Mary Prince becomes all the more victorious over slavery in a place such as Bernard Park.

After all, it's also the people's park. Every day, hundreds, if not thousands, pass by it and use it, especially for sports activities and especially by the young.

Hardly anyone ventures to Devonshire Bay, except when there is a hurricane coming, and people do flock over there to view the big sea.

I pass by Bernard Park daily. I would like to remember Mary Prince where many, many others can also rightly remember her as an immortal hero.

Thank you for allowing me these few thoughts. I've felt deeply compelled to write them.

JOHN COX

Devonshire

Favourite gathering place: Bernard Park is awash with people during a recent J'Ouvert celebration on National Heroes Weekend
File photograph by Akil Simmons

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Published July 20, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 20, 2020 at 9:01 am)

Bernard Park more suited to Mary Prince honour

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