Remembering the late David Allen, the barrier breaker

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

BERMUDA’s movers and shakers have come out to honor the late David Aleen, the first PLP Tourism Minister, with the unveiling of a commemorative plague.

Premier Ewart Brown (right, in foreground) with former Premier Alex Scott (left, foreground).

Politicians, including outgoing Premier Ewart Brown and well-wishers turned out at King’s Square, St. George’s on Friday, to do the honors.

Mr. Allen was a powerful force for workers during his many years the House of Assembly, both in Opposition and later as a Cabinet Minister.

The plaque was officially dedicated to the hard work Mr. Allen contributed in bringing the African Heritage Diaspora Trail to the island.

Minister of Culture Neleetha Butterfield, stressed that Mr. Allen devoted his life to the breaking of barriers.

Here’s part of her speech:

“We are gathered today to honor a man whose boundless horizons included forging a special link between Bermuda and the continent of Africa.

“The late Hon. David H. Allen, JP MP had a vision as Minister of Tourism to bequeath an enduring legacy, the flame of which would burn brightly long after he departed….namely the development of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail.

“Throughout his lifetime, Minister Allen laboured relentlessly yet enthusiastically to remove the barriers between people‚Äôs and the borders between countries.

“His goals were global and he utilized his energy to travel constantly, infecting everyone he met far and near with his zest for living a meaningful life through travel.

“He was not only interested in the countries he visited, but in the spirit of the in-di-gen-ous people and their folklores and customs.

“During these travels Minister Allen, traveled the entire continent of Africa, an experience which caused him to reflect on the shared bonds between Bermuda and Africa.

“It also led him to ask ‘How do we link historic and cultural destinations throughout the countries of the African Diaspora into a network of vibrant tourist attractions focusing on the rich heritage and culture of the people of the African Diaspora?’

“As the Chairman of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail, he championed this initiative with singular determination and business savvy on behalf of the Bermuda Government.

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