A.P.N.U Presidential Candidate, Brigadier (ret) David Granger visited several areas including Plaisance Village on the East Coast Demerara; Corentyne, Berbice and the National Park on Monday 1st August 2011 (Emancipation Day). Mr. Granger attended a breakfast morning at the Glory Light Tabernacle at Plaisance on the East Coast Demerara, the community of Nurney and an Emancipation Festival at Liverpool, Corentyne, Berbice and The African Cultural Development Association’s (ACDA) Cultural Presentation at the National Park.
Mr. Granger told the residents and villagers on the Corentyne that Emancipation Day is not just a day for Africans, it was a day when Guyana was born. “Before 1st of August 1838, people did not think about bringing Indians, Portuguese or Chinese here. Emancipation day made the immigration of all these people necessary. It was the event that changed this whole country forever. What used to be plantations became villages. When our fore parents left the plantations, the first thing they did was to buy villages and the villages were the foundation of the nation” he added.
Mr. Granger said this was what helped to make Guyana a Nation and not a Plantation. He told those gathered that homes, churches and schools were built after plantation days, and farms were created. He closed by urging the citizens of Liverpool and Nurney that Emancipation is about remembering and honouring ancestors as they have sacrificed much for our nation. He also urged them to work so that they can also leave a legacy for posterity.
Brigadier (ret) David Granger also attended ACDA’s Cultural Presentation at the National Park where he was accompanied by A.P.N.U’s Campaign Director, Mr. Joseph Harmon and Chairman (ag) of the Guyana Youth and Student Movement (GYSM), Mr. Christopher Jones. ACDA’s Cultural Presentation was also attended by other A.P.N.U officials including Leader of the PNCR and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Robert H. O. Corbin, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, PNCR General Secretary, Mr. Oscar Clarke, Ms. Cheryl Sampson M.P. and Mr. Ernest Elliot M.P.