Premier Paula Cox helps show off the National Hero medal that will be placed in the National Archives for Mary Prince. *Photo by Don Burgess
SATURDAY, JUNE 16: Mary Prince was officially inducted as Bermuda’s fifth National Hero on Saturday in a ceremony at Barr’s Bay Park.
Premier Paula Cox presented a medal which will be placed in the National Archives for Ms Prince, who was a Bermudian slave in the early 1800s.
Ms Prince wrote a narrative describing what it was like to be a slave and many believe helped bring about the abolition of slavery in England in 1834.
Ms Prince joins Dame Lois Browne Evans, Dr EF Gordon, Dr Paula RNOB Kamarakafego and Sir Henry James Tucker as Bermuda’s National Heroes.
A crowd of over 250 gave a standing ovation when Ms Prince was officially inducted.
Premier Cox told the Bermuda Sun that “Mary prince is very relevant” to today’s Bermudians and pointed to the standing ovation from the audience as a symbol of that relevance.
“People realize that she was a woman who stood up for principles and I think she’s also about empowerment for change so I think she’s very relevant in spite of the centuries.
“Her message is one that is still strong.”
MP Ashfield DeVent, who is also a member of the committee for selecting National Heroes, along with Dame Jennifer Smith, former Premier Alex Scott and MP Darius Tucker, read a biography of Mary Prince.
Tina Evans Caines was the mistress of ceremonies, which included music by Kassandra Caines, Steve Easton and the Marsden First United Methodist Church praise team. There was also a wonderful interpretative dance by Shahnel Woodley and a dramatic reading Tramaine Stovell.