Members of the public have been invited to attend an upcoming book launch by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, as part of the 2017 Emancipation Celebrations.

The book, entitled “Trail of Our People: Trail Blazers”  will be formally launched on Sunday, July 30th, at 7pm, in the Berkeley Institute Cafetorium, marking “the culmination of a five year series”, made possible through the support of members of the Emancipation Committee.

A spokesperson said the series was developed to honour and pay homage “to persons, families, and organizations who had contributed meaningfully to Bermuda”.

“Those persons demonstrated perseverance and persistence in their attempts to build and strengthen their respective local communities. The series began in 2012,” she said.

The Minister noted that: “The Emancipation of slavery in 1834 marked the beginning of a new era in Bermudian history.

“The individual biographies included in this book capture the essence of the Bermudian Story, post-Emancipation; which is a story of progress, sacrifice and reward.

“It is my hope that this collection of biographies will not only educate but also enlighten and inspire each of us to play an active role in the culture, history and legacy of our island,” he added.

Director of Community and Cultural Affairs, Heather Whalen said: “One of the overarching aims of this initiative was to publicly extol and recognize those persons of African descent who, despite the cruelties of either enslavement, bondage or segregation, had risen above these man-made manifestations and, in fact, thrived.

“The objective that guided us throughout this particular project, was to generate awareness about our local community heroes who had made monumental efforts that bettered the circumstances and conditions for others,” she added.

The Ministry spokeswoman noted that “some of those honoured in the book were educators, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, skilled tradesmen, politicians and shipbuilders; all of them were community heroes who demonstrated courage, tenacity, perseverance, and social conscience”.

Sunday evening’s event will feature performances by Arijahknow Live Wires, Toni Robinson, Alan Smith and many others. The book will also be available for purchase.