Angela Labrador and Neil Silberman of Coherit Associates, returned to Grenada on 7th April 2015, to commence a week of training with selected participants for an OAS Heritage Project that will raise the profile of the importance of heritage in the Caribbean as a means of economic and social development.

This outstanding initiative will involve capturing?through the mediums of photography and audio interviews?commentary from local communities about their environment, past, present and future.

The trainees will be taught all the required skills to capture this information so that they can become an integral part of the national archives for present and future generations. An exhibition highlighting their work will be held at the National Museum in 2016.

Grenada National Trust selected to lead Caribbean in engaging communities
and the public in sustainable heritage tourism

?A Project of the Culture & Tourism Section, Department of Economic and
Social Development, Organization of American States.?

The Grenada National Trust (GNT) have been awarded a project of major importance to Grenada and regional member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS). The goal of the two year project is to encourage sustainable heritage entrepreneurship through the endorsement of local tourism products and services that safeguard heritage resources and communicate their value to all audiences.

The project is one part of a larger OAS project titled ?Expanding the Socio-economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean?. The specific project component that has been awarded to the GNT is ?A Regional Model for Engaging the Public in Sustainable Heritage Tourism?.

Whilst, the project will be hosted by the Grenada National Trust, it will be overseen on behalf of the OAS by the technical coordinators, Neil Silberman and Angela Labrador of Coherit Associates, who both visited Grenada for several days earlier this month, to familiarise themselves with the environment, project delivery team and key heritage stakeholders. They received a very warm welcome from all involved.

Quoting from a letter written by Mr. Aaron Francois, Permanent Secretary for Culture, on behalf of the Hon. Brenda Hood, Minister of Culture to Mr. Richard Campbell, OAS, Chief of Culture and Tourism, he said the following:

?The minister is pleased to welcome Coherit Associates who will work with the local implementing partner the Grenada National Trust to carry out the goals of the project between January 2015 and January 2017. We are fully supportive of this project that seeks to increase the participation of cultural practitioners and heritage based firms by offering better access to the tourism market for products that meet locally-approved standards of authenticity and sustainability. It will also benefit domestic and international visitors by making available a wider variety of heritage products and services that embody the distinctive culture and traditions of the destination.?

In response the Coherit Associates had this to say:

?We?re delighted that Grenada has been chosen as the site of this important project,? noted Labrador,?a specialist in community-based heritage programming.? ?The culture is so rich and there is so much untapped potential for people from all walks of life and all parts of the country to benefit.?

Silberman, a heritage expert who has worked in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, was overwhelmed by the local response to the project.??The Culture Ministry, the Grenada Tourism Authority, and, of course the Grenada National Trust,?have been enthusiastic about the impact that Sustainable Heritage Tourism can have on Grenada?s economy and cultural identity.? Along with?the specialists and students from SGU, we really have a??dream team? to make this project a great success and a model for the entire Caribbean region.?

?Grenada is in?a perfect position to become a world leader in this new vision of cultural heritage.?The places, traditions, and stories from the past belong to everyone.? And everyone here– not only the experts– has a story to tell,? Silberman observed.

Neil Silberman and Angela Labrador will return to Grenada, on 6th April 2015 to take part in the official press conference that will kickstart the implementation stage and also commence training for specific members of the project delivery team.

Darryl Brathwaite, President of the Grenada National Trust stated that

?It was truly uplifting to finally give heritage a platform within Caribbean culture. Raising the profile of heritage in new and innovative ways is going to be a challenge, but one we at the GNT will embrace enthusiastically for the benefit of our beautiful and valuable islands.?


As heritage around the world starts to command more audience on the world stage as a lucrative and viable tourist product for less developed countries, we revisit Grenada’s Amerindian heritage.

We have provided a couple of links below, one from the Florida Museum of Natural History back in 1990 and the other the observations of a visitor. We hope you find them interesting.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Carib’s petroglyphs / Amerindian remains in Grenada

The GNT will lead the effort to protect these sites and others yet to be discovered, with the creation and enforcement of robust legislation, by lobbying the government of Grenada.


A-ZA book that all Grenadians must have

Every now and again, you come across a piece of work or reference material, that is so relevant and majestic that you wonder how you’d missed it. This book is one of those cases, and I’m sure if I missed it, many thousands of Grenadians both at home and abroad did too. Whatever, the reason, the time has come to recognise and share this magnificent book.

It is packed with information that straightens out the history books once and for all. It’s presented in a style that is easily digested by all readers and every page holds text or images that capture the soul and essence of our beautiful tri-island state from every perspective.

I personally, have a passion for all things Grenadian, but must confess to having seen the title on the book shelves but passed it by as though it were written for tourists. I could not have been more wrong. This book has been compiled with a real since of love and passion for the content that resides within and the subject matter of Grenada. It is written with an understanding that much of our history has been misquoted or has been contradictory.

Marcus Garvey, once said “a people with no knowledge of its history, is like a tree without roots, it can not grow”. John Angus Martin, with this book, has given us a great foundation to piece together our history for current and future generations to embrace in their everyday lives.

This book should be in every Grenadian home wherever you reside on the planet. (MA, May 2013)


JAM_120pxAbout the Author

John Angus Martin was born and grew up in St. George?s, Grenada, where he attended the St. George?s Roman Catholic Boys? School (now known as the J.W. Fletcher Memorial Boys? School) and Presentation Brothers? College before immigrating to Brooklyn, New York with his family in 1978.

He graduated in 1986 with a BSc in Biological Sciences and a minor in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island.

He spent the next three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching at an agricultural institute and as an agricultural extension agent to subsistence farmers in rural villages. He has travelled widely in west and east Africa for work and as a visitor.

He holds master?s degrees in History, and Agricultural and Applied Economics from Clemson University, South Carolina. He?has worked?as aReference Archivist at the Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University and a?Country Desk Officer in the Africa Region of the US Peace Corps,and traveled to many countries in west and east Africa. These travels have been important in his study of Caribbean slavery and colonialism.. He?is currently the director of the Grenada National Museum.?His next project,?French Grenada: Island Caribs and French Settlers, 1498-1763?explores the rise and demise of the French in Grenada, will be published in July.


What the reviews say:

Amazing!!!!,?January 12, 2008
This review is from:?A-Z of Grenada Heritage (MacMillan Caribbean) (Paperback)

It makes great reading for those of us who of Grenadian heritage but have lost the connection to our culture. The book provides valuable historical information that is often lost over time and is a wonderful tool that I can share with my daughter.


Dip Into A-Z of Grenada Heritage for Island Gems,?November 25, 2007

This review is from:?A-Z of Grenada Heritage (MacMillan Caribbean) (Paperback)

“A-Z of Grenada Heritage” is an oversized, 283-page, color illustrated [on quality paper] compendium of useful information about multiple aspects of the island of Grenada.

John Angus Martin writes to the point and provides facts of historical and contemporary information in an easily understandable manner. Excellently chosen photographs and illustrations catch one’s interest.
Martin backs up his knowledge with references.

A partial entry example:

“FISHERMAN’S BIRTHDAY is a Roman Catholic festival celebrated on 29 June each year as the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. In the town of GOUYAVE, one of the largest fishing communities in the islands, festivities are the ‘grandest’ and are attended by visitors from all across Grenada. Under the French the parish was dedicated to St. Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen. After church services in each parish and the blessing of fishermen’s boats and nets, there are boat races, eating, drinking and merrymaking for the remainder of the day; the merrymaking dates to the mid-1960s . . .”

“A-Z of Grenada Heritage” is recommended for library ‘Country’ collections, for every travel and tourist-related organization’s reception area, for those who live on the Spice Isle, for those who visit Grenada, and for those who plan to visit Grenada.

The book is a delight; there’s nothing quite like it.


Great Book,?May 5, 2008

This review is from:?A-Z of Grenada Heritage (MacMillan Caribbean) (Paperback)

I was born in Grenada but grew up here in the US. My parents and other family members made sure that I knew my culture. Although I have been back there many times,after reading this book, I was able to get eeven more knowledge of all that was instilled in my cultural knowledge by them. It is a great conversation book between family and friends who are not from Grenada. Well worth the read and the money.

A valuable resource,?March 7, 2008
This review is from:?A-Z of Grenada Heritage (MacMillan Caribbean) (Paperback)

This book is a valuable resource for anyone seriously interested in Grenada. It is an enjoyable and informative read.


?A-Z of Grenada,?November 20, 2010
This review is from:?A-Z of Grenada Heritage (MacMillan Caribbean) (Paperback)

It is good, Enjoying it….Well Please…Even though, like a Rasta, I have different opinion on many Subjects…But it is cool..Just have some over standing..You done know how that go….Seen!

A-Z Grenada Heritage,?December 16, 2008
This review is from:?A-Z of Grenada Heritage (MacMillan Caribbean) (Paperback)

This book provide a great overview of Grenada, it’s people and it’s culture. Great Read!!


Since the arrival of Curator, Mr. Angus Martin, the national museum has been treated to several outstanding exhibitions and talks that have captivated a cross generational audience. These presentations have put heritage and culture firmly back in the public domain.

John Angus Martin, referred to as Angus, is the author of the wonderful book, A-Z of Grenada Heritage. He has a passion for archives and has spent the best part of two decades collecting, locating and documenting all aspects of Grenadian heritage and culture.? Educating and sharing comes as second nature to Angus and his presentations to date, which have included maps of Grenada dating back centuries, postcards of Grenada and Art of Grenada have breathed fresh air into the Grenadian heritage and culture scene.

Over the coming weeks and months, there are plans for many more exhibitions and presentations both in the National Museum and on the road around Grenada. Some of these will involve collaboration with other heritage and culture stakeholders. There will of course be specific programmes developed to engage schools and youth in general.

Grenada’s heritage and culture goes well beyond the shores of our tri-island state and there are progressive plans in place to make consistent connections with the worldwide Grenadian Diaspora.