Basseterre, St.Kitts (September 4th 2016):- The life-size monument to St.Kitts-Nevis first National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (1916-1978), which is located on 3.5 acres of land in his hometown of St. Paul’s, will remain where it belongs – at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Memorial Park. That’s according to the PM Dr. Timothy Harris led Team UNITY Admiinistration,
The Team Unity Government has no intention of moving the sculpture from the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Memorial Park to the National Heroes Park, which started construction this year, and any such assertion is rubbish.
On the 91st birthday (National Heroes Day – September 16th, 2007) of the Rt. Excellent Sir Bradshaw, his daughter Mrs. Etsu Bradshaw-Caines and then-Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas unveiled the full-length statue – a gift from Cuba’s then-President Fidel Castro – at the memorial park.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Dr. Douglas said, “We pay homage to him in this inauguration ceremony during which the monument have [sic] been unveiled at this special site, the Bradshaw Memorial Park which also has been dedicated with [sic] honour of his outstanding life and service to all of his people in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Indeed this icon of a man can rightfully be styled as ‘PAPA Bradshaw, Father of the Nation,’” according to a CUOPM press release posted October 1st, 2007 on SKNVibes.
Five months earlier on April 4th, 2007, a CUOPM press release reporting on the groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial park, said in its lead paragraph that, “The Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw Memorial Park will not only feature a full size sculpture of the Federation’s First National Hero, but also an Interpretation Centre which will be constructed in the second phase.”
The Robert L. Bradshaw Memorial Park, through its very name, was conceived, promoted and developed to pay homage alone to our first Premier and first National Hero – and rightly so, it is an honour that he deserves. The eponymous memorial to the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw – the Robert L. Bradshaw Memorial Park – will always have its place