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Let us preserve our cultural heritage

Jan 14, 2011, 12:38 PM

The move taken by the US Embassy to fund the Lovell Square Fort Renovation is a step in the right direction.

The preservation of our cultural heritage should be everybody's responsibility.

We should not entirely leave it in the hands of the government alone.

The younger generation has a lot to learn from historical places like Fort Lovell, Fort Bullen and James Island, among others.

If we allow such places to perish, then we are not doing justice to the young ones and posterity in general.

It is high time for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to employ people who know the history of these historical sites, so that both the students and tourists can learn something about the history of The Gambia.

The Gambia is very rich in culture; so let us not allow it to die.

We would like to thank the United States Embassy for the support, and to urge others to emulate this gesture.

It would be recalled that Fort Lovell was erected by Captain Commander Lovell the French captain of a ship called "La Pores de dese".

We are aware that the National Council for Arts and Culture is doing a good job to revive most of these national cultural sites, so people have to assist them to achieve their goals.