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Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  00:44:28  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message

The National Centre for Arts and Culture has received a grant of US $21,000 from the United States Fund for Cultural Preservation. The funding agreement for the one-year project was signed with the United States Ambassador to The Gambia Mr. John 0. Stafford at his office on Monday 18th September 2006.

The United States Fund for Cultural Preservation is an initiative of the United States Government which is designed to assist less well-endowed countries conserve and develop their cultural heritage.
This particular grant is meant to facilitate the implementation of conservation and interpretation works at Fort Bullen, Barra, and the Six-Gun Battery in State House, Banjul. Both sites were inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage List in 2003 as part of the James Island inscription which includes other sites of relevance to the European occupation. The significance of Fort Bullen and the Six-Gun Battery is that they are the only known European structures in the sub-region specifically built to stop the trade in slaves, as distinct from perpetuating the trade, which the other European forts represent.

The works to be implemented with the grant funds include:
-Restoration of the Sea Defence at Fort Bullen
-The development of a site museum at Fort Bullen
-The conversion of a Guardhouse into a souvenir shop
-Consolidation of parapet walls and walks at the Six-Gun Battery and Fort Bullen, respectively.

The project is to be implemented with technical assistance from the
Department of Technical Services, DOS Works and Infrastructure, and the Africa 2009 Programme for the Conservation of Immovable Cultural
Heritage in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Chairperson and members of the Board of the NCAC would like to take this opportunity to thank the United States Government through its Ambassador for the laudable gesture, as well as give the assurance that the project will be judiciously expedited in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement. Apart from conserving the sites and boosting their tourism potentials, the project is designed to empower the people of Barra and its environs to take advantage of the presence of this unique heritage and provide them with income-generating opportunities.

Source: Foroyaa Newspaper Burning Issue
Issue No. 82/2006, 27-28 September, 2006


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Posted - 23 Oct 2006 :  18:00:19  Show Profile Send Janyanfara a Private Message
What are the Brits doing in relations to grants to help their former colony out as we are quite rich in history relating slavery,Empires and conquests.
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Posted - 23 Oct 2006 :  22:49:56  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
I visit quite often and its sad to see all the cannons just lying where they fell long ago,there has been an effort to protect the land from the sea by repairing the sea wall in places,there used to be a government guesthouse closeby that I was told was for VIP's to stay,the last time I went about 7 months ago it was not there,OK it wasn't that old but suffered from neglect and is no longer to be a part of our history.Lets keep what we have and look after it.The Americans have donated money to the fort,lets be greatfull,the British giving money away now........well, Gordon Brown just takes and Taxes!!

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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Posted - 27 Oct 2006 :  16:34:26  Show Profile Send jambo a Private Message
during the 90's, when american "discovered gambia because of the tv show roots" thousands visited this area and made donations to the local community, cash $, what happened, if you look at the tourist figures for that time, at more than 3,000 visited gambia in a 5 years period okay not a lot, but they chartered planes came, spent money what happened.
UNESCO gave grants to this region what happened, i do think it woul dbe good if KOBO, NJUCKS, MOMODOU some of the enquiring bantaba minds could look into the paper trail. thousands has been given to this region Jufreh received thousands of visitors not just from usa.
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