Fort Bullen Museum to bolster Gambia’s tourism attractions
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The newly commissioned museum at Fort Bullen that stands at the entrance of the historical coastal settlement of Barra in the North Bank Region is expected to add to The Gambia’s tourism attractions, given the Fort’s crucial role in the abolition of the slave trade during the colonial period.
Financed by the British High Commission in The Gambia through the National Centre for Arts and Culture, the commissioning was graced by scores of dignitaries including High Commissioner David Morley, the ministers of Tourism and Culture, Works, Construction and Infrastructure, and Youth and Sports, Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, Francis Litti Mboge and Alieu K. Jammeh respectively, as well as the governor of the region, Lamin Queen Jammeh.
The British High Commission supported the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) to develop a museum at the site, to tell the history of the Fort and the important role it and the UK Royal Navy played in abolishing slavery in West Africa. It is hoped the Fort Bullen Museum will boost tourism in the North Bank, and will at the same time impact on the socio-economic development of the area.
Fort Bullen was built by the British in the early 1800’s to eradicate slavery in West Africa. Between 1808 and 1870, according to the British High Commissioner, the Royal Navy seized an estimated 1, 635 ships and freed over 150,000 African slaves. “‘I was delighted to be able to open this fascinating and informative museum which I hope will give both Gambian visitors and tourists the facts concerning the eradication of slavery in West Africa.
The museum has some wonderful pieces from the local region and I would encourage all visitors to The Gambia to make a visit. I congratulate the NCAC on all their hard work and dedication, which have resulted in a tremendous museum for the people of the North Bank Region,” stated High Commissioner David Morley.
Courtesy of the British High Commission
Author: Daily Observer