Barbados to Host 8th African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference

This September 17–19, 2012, Barbados will host the 8th Annual African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The main organizing theme is “Our Heritage, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover.”

Description: Under the theme Our Heritage, Our Identity: Uncover, Recover, Discover, the conference demonstrates Barbados’ commitment to the rich histories and heritage of the African Diaspora. These efforts have culminated in the development of the Barbados Slave Route Heritage Trail – Freedom Footprints: The Barbados Story, which participants will have the opportunity to experience during the conference. Memorably, the island’s focus on national heritage was also seen in 2000, when Barbados hosted the 2nd Caribbean Meeting on the Cultural Tourism Programme of the UNESCO/WTO Slave Route Project.

“The purpose of that meeting was to rehabilitate, restore and promote the tangible and intangible heritage resulting from the Transatlantic Slave Trade, for the purposes of cultural tourism. In a similar vein, the ADHT Conference, which has its origins in a cultural heritage tourism initiative heritage initiative developed by the Bermuda Ministry of Tourism in 2001, is committed to uplifting mankind,” explained a representative of the Barbados Ministry of Tourism.

Endorsed by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and executed under the leadership of the ADHT (Bermuda) Foundation, an ADHT conference is held in participating destination each year. The primary focus of the event is establishing African Diaspora Heritage trails that re-link African Diaspora traditions in the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, North and South America.

For more information on the 8th annual ADHT in Barbados, contact the Barbados Ministry of Tourism at 246-430-7500 or email

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