St Patrick’s Anglican’s 17th annual ancestral walk
Prior to the start of the walk at Mt Irvine Bay, amateurs reenact the arrival of a trading vessel bringing bricks in exchange for sugar, as the slaves load and offload the cargo.
Parish priest Fr Bonas was among taking the trek.
Well known fiddler Wax and his group of tambrin drummers lead the walk up St Patrick’s Church Road to the church.
Fr Bonas lays a wreath at the grave of former slave Jane Lovell, in whose memory the commemorative ancestral walk has been held for the past 17 years.
St. Patrick’s Anglican Church members walk from Mt. Irvine Beach to in Mt. Pleasant with bricks in hand, in the company of many other Tobagonians as they re-enact the trek taken by former slaves, who carried fire bricks from the ships to construct the church in the 1840s.
The property was declared a historical site by the Tobago House of Assembly. The walk is aimed at ensuring members of the parish, and Tobagonians overall, appreciate the importance of the island’s culture.