Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB) today called for the second day of Cup Match, known as Somers Day, to be changed to Mary Prince Day.
In a statement released this morning, a group said the annual holiday should recognise and honour a national hero.
CURB believes the change would help to ensure that the holiday “honours and memorialises emancipation and all those who fought for freedom”.
It was also noted that Mary Prince, now “renowned and celebrated worldwide as a heroine and abolitionist for her courage, fortitude and determination, is surely worthy of the celebration of her name at Cup Match”.
The daughter of two slaves was born at Brackish Pond in Devonshire in 1788, now known as Devonshire Marsh.
Her autobiography, The History of Mary Prince, was published in 1831, documents the brutality of slavery in Bermuda and the British Caribbean.
Mary Prince was named a Bermuda national hero in 2012.
The second day of Cup Match is known as Somers Day after Sir George Somers, the admiral of the relief fleet bound for Virginia that ended up ship wrecked here in Bermuda on July 28, 1609.
CURB has called on Government “to fully recognise the emancipation origins of Cup Match and the intent by those enslaved to both commemorate and celebrate their freedom”.
It is all part of CURB’S new Racial Justice Platform for 2019, “a list of items, actions and legislation, which Curb believes will bring about a greater equity and healthier Bermuda for all”, which “are necessary to help us move forward to create stronger community”.
The full platform is due to be released later this month.