VICTORIA VILLAGE PETITION – Media Release
18 May 2011:
ANCESTORS TO BE HONOURED FOR HISTORIC CONTRIBUTIONS
The bold, unprecedented, and courageous act of the eighty-three (83) former-slaves who conceptualized a future away from the sugar plantation, associated with slavery and dehumanization, will be formally acknowledged in the country’s highest institution when The Victoria Petition is read on the floor of the National Assembly tomorrow.
The occasion comes almost one hundred seventy-two years after the 83 ancestors of Victorians pooled their resources and purchased an abandoned cotton plantation at an exorbitant price and transformed it into an orderly and prosperous community.
The subject and summary of the Petition states:
“In the matter of recognizing the historic and extraordinary contributions of the “Group of 83” Proprietors who Purchased an abandoned Plantation and thereafter Established the First Village in post-emancipation Guyana; who pioneered a system of self-governance and introduced an economic system founded on the principles of co-operativism; and who thereby made lasting and significant contributions to the development of modern Guyana and emerged a model of global significance and continued relevance:”
The Petitioners note the appropriateness, significance, and timing of this event coming a few days before the forty-fifth anniversary of Guyana’s attainment of national independence. They reference that national achievement to the purchase of plantation Northbrook, the emergence of a constitution for the good order of the community, and the installation of a governance system which served as the precursors to national self-determination.
In their humble Petition, the descendants, residents, and heirs of the Proprietors of Plantation Northbrook (renamed Victoria) make request for the recognition of the historic contributions of their Ancestors, the “Group of 83” Proprietors who established the First Village in post-emancipation Guyana and thereby catalyzed the Village Movement with its significant, indelible, and transformational contributions to the development of Guyana.
While it is the distinct honour of Victorians to make the Petition, the act associates all the ancestors and descendants of those who purchased lands and established villages in the three counties of post-emancipation Guyana signalling the formal closure of the dark night of human degradation under slavery and representing the dawn of a new phase in the long quest of the Guyanese people for social and economic justice, freedom, and human dignity.
The Leader of the Opposition Mr. Robert Corbin, MP will present the Victoria Petition.
18 May 2011:
Conference Leadership & Planning Committee: Secretariat: Victoria, East Coast Demerara, GUYANA, South America:
Petition for Parliament:> THE VICTORIA PETITION MAY 19 2011