Caddle: Sarah Ann Gill paved the way for other brave women to follow
As Barbados prepares to celebrate National Heroes Day on April 28, Economic Affairs and Investment Minister Marsha Caddle took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the grave of the very good Sarah Ann Gill, National Hero of Barbados.
The occasion was a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony held yesterday at the James Street Methodist Church. Captain Reverend Al Walcott, who presided over the ceremony, noted that it is an event that is set in the Methodist calendar and takes place at Gill’s grave, located at Bridgetown Church.
Speaking to the media after the ceremony, Minister Caddle highlighted the importance of the work of Sarah Ann Gill, who kept Methodism alive in her day, educated slaves, and promoted religious and racial tolerance. She meanwhile suggested that as the island’s only female national heroine, she paved the way for other brave women to follow.
“Today, as I think, I think Sarah Ann Gill’s work was important because not only was she the heroine of Methodism, but the reason she was important is because it was a giving faith. equality priority, racial equality over everything else and that’s why she was seen as such a threat, that’s why she was so brave and that’s why we honor her today, ” Caddle said.
She added: “Sarah Ann Gill opened her house, so that people could practice their faith under the threat of insecurity, under the threat of potential death. There are many women in this era and since, who used their homes, who used their resources, wherever they worked, to be able to extend the freedoms of Barbadians.
“What I will also say is that she is the only woman, (among) the national heroes. The Government of Barbados recently requested that the people of Barbados make recommendations on who they would like to see as national heroes and I think we will start to see many women listed among the heroes of Barbados as we know that this country, this region and all of our traditional human rights were built on the work of not only men, but especially women. I wouldn’t make my recommendations, I have some of my own, but I’ll leave it to Barbados to make theirs, ”added Caddle.
During the brief ceremony, Sarah Ann Gill’s work was also praised by Ms. Folasade Mayers-Richards and Ms. Worrellyn Charles, who both shared a historical perspective. Two minutes of silence were also offered, followed by a hymn. Wreaths were also laid by Samoya and Arin Richards for the James Street / Speightstown Circuit, Sis. Sharon Ward from Bethel Circuit, and Mekhi and Mikah Charles from Ebenezer Circuit. (RSM)