Trinidad and Tobago Schools Stamp Design Competition to Honor Eric Williams’ Centenary

The Eric Williams Memorial Collection (EWMC) at The University of the West Indies and the Trinidad & Tobago Postal Corporation (TT Post) just announced the Eric Williams Centenary Stamp Design Competition, co-sponsored by UNESCO (Trinidad and Tobago) and Kelly Services Customs Brokerage, Ltd. The contest runs from January 30 to April 30, 2010. The stamp issue will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the birth of the “Father of the Nation.” Eric Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and head of government for 25 years until his death in 1981. He was also an internationally-renowned historian whose groundbreaking work, Capitalism and Slavery, although published 65 years ago, not only re-framed the historiography of the British trans-Atlantic slave trade, but also established the contribution of Caribbean slavery to the development of both Britain and America. Popularly referred to as The Williams Thesis, the book continues to inform today’s ongoing debate and remains “years ahead of its time…this profound critique is still the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development,” according to the New York Times.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Fifth and Sixth Form students are being invited to design a series of commemorative stamps in his honor, an added 50 cents of which will be donated to a Trinidad and Tobago charity. The Centenary stamp, with winner’s and school’s names included, will be sold, subject to availability, from January 1 to December 31, 2011.  The competition will be judged by Adrian Camps Campins, a historical artist; Kenwyn Crichlow, also an artist; Kari Elliot from the TT Post; and Albert Sydney, a philatelist. Each school is expected to host its own in-house competition and enter only two students in the national contest. Rules and regulations are being distributed via color poster to all eligible schools.

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