Today, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times picked up the story about Sir Frank Worrell’s home being demolished last week. We saw the article in The Nation but just didn’t have time to comment, so we’ll do that now.
Like so many physical ties with our past, Sir Frank’s home was allowed to deteriorate to where it could not be saved – and for that there is not a person on this island who cannot feel some loss. We understand from various media that the government will build a replica of the home as a museum and a tribute to the man who, like a few other famous sons and daughters of the time, came to symbolize our transition from colonial rule to the birth of a new independent nation. From blacks as subservient on their own soil in the eyes of some – to blacks as persons, as nation builders.
For the story of Sir Frank Worrell is about far more than cricket.
We can only hope that the loss of this tangible link to our history inspires Bajans and our government representatives to look at other buildings and places with new eyes – to better appreciate the importance of preserving what is left before it too slips away.
We don’t know who is really behind the push to make something of the Worrell home site, but we hope there is a quick follow-through with action. That is, real action, and not the “announcement then nothing” syndrome that has produced a certain universal cynicism of late.
According to the media, the Ministry of Public Works is leading the way, and if that includes Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke onside and really leading this effort, then we wish him success and say “thanks”.
International Herald Tribune: Worrell’s Home To Be Replaced By Museum For Cricket Great