News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Earlier this week, the Department of Culture unveiled an exhibition entitled “Pioneers Who Persevered: Black Nurses in Segregated Bermuda”, which is currently on display at the Bermuda Society of Arts.

The exhibition is partially virtual, and links to a new Emancipation website developed by the Department, which chronicles key milestones in Bermuda’s history.

The new site,, allows individuals to scan QR codes on the art installations. This in turn opens the website so that the viewer can read in real time about major moments in Bermuda’s history. In particular, the site details the employment barriers faced by black Bermudian nurses and their contribution to the health care system during the first half of the 20th Century. The exhibition is free and concludes on August 12.

The website launch and exhibition follows the recent film premiere of Healthcare Heroines, a documentary about black Bermudian nurses and the key role played by the Cottage Hospital Nursing Home as a nursing school and place of employment.

As a public reminder, the theme of this month’s Emancipation commemoration is “Restoring Community: Healing Together”. And the Department advised that there are still a number events taking place as part of the Emancipation observances. For more information about this month’s activities, email