Poster Webinar May 26

Webinar: Preserving Endangered & Marginalized Afrikan Cultural Heritage

When walking around St. Eustatius, colonial statues and plagues dominate the island's cultural landmarks. St. Eustatius' Afrikan cultural heritage is under threat and marginalized. This is despite the fact that St. Eustatius was once the largest Middle Passage transit port in the Western hemisphere, and the majority of its 3,500 inhabitants are of Afrikan descent.

This situation is not unique to St. Eustatius and reflects the need for more awareness in education, research, and cultural heritage policies for an Afrikan-centered approach that the descendants’ communities can relate to.
In this webinar, our guest speakers will share their expertise in their own academic field, providing the audience with insight into the existing colonial structures, their impact on the writing of our history, and ideas on how to move from awareness to transformative equality and reparative justice.

Guest speakers

Prof. Dr. Nemata Blyden – University of Virginia (US). Specialized in Afrikan American, Afrikan diaspora and Afrikan history. Prof. Dr. Blyden’s family origins and heritage are from St. Eustatius and she will touch the surface of the island for the first time in May.

Topic: Afrikan and American and Caribbean migrations and the impact on family history research and identity.

Associate Professor Dr. Kimani Nehusi – Temple University Philadelphia (US). Specialized in Afrikology and Afrikan American Studies.

Topic: Egyptology and how the memory of a Black Egypt had to be destroyed by Eurocentric academia. An introduction to Afrikology.

Dr. Artwell Cain – Independent researcher, cultural anthropologist, and founder of the Foundation for Cultural Knowledge & Identity (SCKI) Aruba. Specializes in the themes of Trans-Atlantic slavery and reparations, ethnicity, and identity.

Topic: The decolonization of memory and heritage.

Q&A and interactive discussion with the guest speakers after the presentations.

Hosted by the St. Eustatius Afrikan Burial Ground Alliance.

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