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Moments in Time #9 – The Liverpools of St. Vincent and the Birth of Caribana

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The Liverpools of St. Vincent and the Birth of Caribana

[Information contributed by Diane Liverpool]
Many of us look forward to Caribana celebrations every summer in Toronto. But how many people are aware of its origins? Well the two documents below highlight a couple of Vincentian brothers who were instrumental in creating this famous Caribbean festival.

• Excerpt from a write-up on Dr. Samuel Allan Liverpool:
“Dr. Samuel Allan Liverpool served on the founding ‘Caribana’ committee, named ‘The Caribbean Centennial Committee’ in 1967. The committee members decided to create a West Indian contribution to Canada’s Centennial celebration. The answer lay in the form of a carnival, which gave birth to ‘Caribana’.”
• Letter from Dr. Joseph Alban Liverpool, Chairman of the Caribbean Committee for Cultural Advancement:

 

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