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Historical writings restored on Scaur Hill

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Dear Sir,

Scaur Hill circa 1895 (Photograph courtesy of Edward Harris, PhD)
Scaur Hill circa 1900 with a new inscription (Photograph courtesy of Edward Harris, PhD)

We area residents and friends — plus the people of Bermuda, I’m sure — would like to salute and say thank you to Joseph Young and cousin Randy Bean for fixing in January 2022 the defamation of the writing on the wall at the top of Scaur Hill.

Here are the words to the writing on the wall: “There is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved but the name of Jesus.”

Part of what is written is from Acts 4:12. Thank you for the information, Dr Ed Harris.

Just before Christmas 2021, someone defaced it. They showed their negative views about the writing without regard to the majority who accept the writing.

A good number of Scaur folks and friends spoke or wrote to me about their disgust at what this person did. They were also very happy with what Joe and Randy did. Thank you, guys.

Many hundreds of thousands of people have seen this writing on the wall over the past 100-plus years. It is a Bermuda landmark known and highlighted by many residents, visitors, the Bermuda Tourism Authority (hopefully), taxi tour guides and others. Even a few May 24 runners slow down to read it when the Half-Marathon Derby comes out of the west.

But from bad comes good. This good was shown by Joseph Young and Randy Bean. These two giving men took it upon themselves to repair the damage done to this writing. It looks so good and fresh now.

May the memory of their goodness always be an example to us and the writing inspire many more hundreds of thousands for longer than it has been there.

The first two accompanying photographs show the top of Scaur Hill circa 1895, before the writing was done and circa 1900 after the inscription. Note that the left side of the road remains as it was and the eastern side was chopped back to allow for the modern two-way.

The restored Scaur Hill inscription at Tuesday lunchtime after a pair of good Samaritans pitched in to undo the work of vandals (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Thank you, Mr Editor, for allowing this bit of appreciation to be told and for history to be shown to the public.



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Published February 09, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated February 09, 2022 at 7:32 am)

Historical writings restored on Scaur Hill

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