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The U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown made the call while unveiling the recently restored Luba-Thurston Fort Memorial, in Walumbe village, Bukaleeba sub-county, Mayuge district on Friday. The memorial is dedicated to preserving and honouring the memory of the men, women, and children who passed through this former slave trading site.
The United States Ambassador to Uganda has stressed the need to
acknowledge the pain resulting from slavery and its impact on the world, and derive lessons to build a better future, in which all citizens enjoy equal
freedoms under the law.
The U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown made the call while unveiling the recently
restored Luba-Thurston Fort Memorial, in Walumbe village, Bukaleeba sub-county, Mayuge district on Friday. The memorial is dedicated to preserving and honouring the memory of the men, women, and children who
passed through this former slave trading site.
The Thurston Memorial is said to have been erected in the area, in the early 1900s, in memory of Arthur Blyford Thurston, a
British soldier, who was killed by enemy forces on October 19, 1897. His
relatives who were angered by this action planted a plague of tsetse flies in
the area, which took the lives of an unspecified number of residents including
the then cultural chief Luba Mukajanga, who is reported to
have succumbed to sleeping sickness.
The site famed as important for documenting the end of
the slave trade in Uganda also has a deep tunnel and caves where
slaves were gathered from different parts of the country, before being
transported to Mombasa and Mwanza respectively for sale to the highest bidding
The U.S. Mission in
Uganda supported the restoration of the monument through
a USD 45,000 grant from the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation
(AFCP) to Uganda’s Department of Museums and Monuments, and the newly restored monument was unveiled at an event also attended by Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, Wildlife, and
Antiquities, the Hon. Tom Butime, local authorities, and the Walumbe community.
During the ceremony, the Makerere Spirituals Choir performed a series of
African-American spirituals to recognize the shared experiences and to celebrate
the U.S. Mission in Uganda’s observation of Black History Month, which is marked every February, to honour the achievements and contributions of African-Americans
to American society, culture, and nation.
spirituals have their roots in songs sung by enslaved people in the United
States. The songs helped
African-Americans find hope during their bondage and played a key role in
at the concert, Ambassador Browm stressed that; “We must acknowledge the pain
slavery brought to communities around the globe, the continuing impact of its
legacy, and take lessons from that painful history to build a better future in
which all citizens enjoy equal freedoms under the law.”
“Honestly facing our
history, including the tragedy of slavery in America, and the systemic racism
that continues today, is the only way we will be able to deliver on America’s
promise of freedom, equality, and opportunity for all,” Brown said.
Ambassador Browm also stressed the commitment towards
supporting the promotion of freedoms of press and association in Uganda and ensuring the dignified treatment, of all people
throughout the world, as one of the key tenets of America's foreign policy.
She argues that journalists have often highlighted human rights violations, which provide
victims with enough space to express themselves and in turn foster better mechanisms
of addressing them.
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She noted the reprimand of three American police
officers, who participated in the killing of George Floyd and further says
that they are committed to ensuring quality service delivery and justice
within underserved communities.
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Meanwhile, the tourism and antiquities minister, Tom
Butiime says that they have plans of rallying tour operators to boost the
memorial site with hospitality amenities, which will attract both local and
foreign tourists to throng the area.