Preservation (Barbados) Foundation Trust makes a Radio Whistle-Stop thru Kentucky & Tennessee

A team headed by the Rev. Patrick Tannis, Trustee and Treasurer of The Preservation (Barbados) Foundation Trust, has just returned from a two week tour of Tennessee and Kentucky, USA.

“The mission was two-fold”, said Rev. Tannis. “Our Christian linkages with areas of the southern United States go back a long way and are firmly established. Secondly, our historical linkages that go back centuries are both surprising and of great value to the citizens of both our countries”.

The Rev. Tannis led a group of 15 young Christian singers, musicians and songwriters on an outreach mission centred around the Grace Baptist Bible church in Knoxville, Tennessee. His contacts there include church leaders, radio station hosts, television operatives and school directors.

The Rev. Tannis led a group of 15 young Christian singers, musicians and songwriters on an outreach mission centred around the Grace Baptist Bible church in Knoxville, Tennessee. His contacts there include church leaders, radio station hosts, television operatives and school directors.

Among the group, was Mrs Carole Bishop, Project Officer and Administrative Officer of the Trust, whose mission it was to speak to the historical linkages shared by the two countries as the means to introduce the newly established Trust and its mandate to restore and preserve Barbados’ built heritage.

One of the highlights of the mission was an hour long radio interview on WRJZ with Bob Bell, radio talk show host. Mr Bell, who has visited Barbados, spoke in glowing terms of the island and provided Rev Tannis and Mrs Bishop with ample opportunity to speak to the historic linkages between the two countries and about the fund raising mandate of the Trust for the restoration and preservation of Barbados' built heritage.

One of the highlights of the mission was an hour long radio interview on WRJZ with Bob Bell, radio talk show host. Mr Bell, who has visited Barbados, spoke in glowing terms of the island and provided Rev Tannis and Mrs Bishop with ample opportunity to speak to the historic linkages between the two countries and about the fund raising mandate of the Trust for the restoration and preservation of Barbados’ built heritage.

This awareness building will serve as a foundation on which to promote Barbados to potential visitors as an important heritage destination, as well as a place whose restoration projects attract financial support because of our close historical and social ties“, Mrs. Bishop stated.

Mrs Carole Bishop, Project Officer and Administrative Officer of The Preservation (Barbados) Foundation Trust , during the one hour long radio interview with radio talk show host, Bob Bell

Mrs Carole Bishop, Project Officer and Administrative Officer of The Preservation (Barbados) Foundation Trust , during the one hour long radio interview with radio talk show host, Bob Bell

As the group ministered directly to congregations, students and the elderly, and to audiences of thousands via radio and television, the story of linkages going back to the 1700’s were recounted to amazed audiences. The Carolinas, of which areas of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia were a part, were “colonized”, settled and governed by Barbadians back in the 1600s and 1700’s. The first President of the USA, George Washington, spent seven weeks in Barbados, the only country he ever visited in his lifetime and one that exerted profound influence over his future.

These historical facts further cemented relationships that we have developed over the years and it is through relationship building that tourism is successful and ongoing support can be realized.” Rev. Tannis said. He continued, “The designation of Bridgetown and its historic Garrison by UNESCO in 2014 brings Barbados into sharp focus as a place of historical significance and the work of the Trust to restore and preserve our built heritage can only redound to the benefit of Barbados and our citizens going forward.”

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