The Ministry of Diversity and Social Integration is intent on educating the people of T&T on its history through the restoration and promotion of heritage sites.Diversity Minister Clifton De Coteau revealed the first phase of the restoration and refurbishment of Fort San Andres during a project-commencement ceremony at the South Quay, Port-of-Spain, site. The project includes the restoration of the museum of the City of Port-of-Spain.
De Coteau described the fort as the historical gateway to the city and said over 65,000 Africans and 30,000 East Indians entered Trinidad through its doors."It is sad today that many Trinbagonians pass here and do not know its historical significance," he said.De Coteau said the first phase of the restoration, which began last week, would include roofing and guttering, foundation and floors, electrical and lighting and plumbing and sewerage.
A tour of the building revealed rooms filled with pieces of Port-of-Spain and Trinidad's history, such as pictures of legendary bandleader George Bailey and Carnival characters, an archaeology room and a history room.The tour also revealed rotted floor boards, rusted railings and windows in a state of disrepair.
Project manager Michael Ramsook said the project would take two months to complete.De Coteau said the ministry had been visiting sites around T&T to assess their infrastructural requirements and allow for increased public education and awareness of their contribution to the history, culture and heritage of T&T.