Governor makes final visit to Paget Primary’s Black History Museum

Among those attending Paget Primary School’s Black History Museum on Thursday was one noted as a history maker in her own right, with Bermuda Governor Rena Lalgie among those paying homage to an array of local legends.

Former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Somerset Cup Match captain and professional footballer, along with Randy Horton, along with Keeva Joell-Benjamin, the first female Commissioner of Corrections, Dr. the Honorable Neletha Butterfield, Sir Stanley Burgess, Dr. Dorothy Louise Matthews Paynter and prominent fashion designer and stylist, Shiona Turini, who are featured in this year’s annual event, were also in attendance.

TNN caught up with the Governor, who is nearing the end of her tenure as the Bermuda’s first Black and first female de facto head of state, with Ms Lalgie enamoured by the excited pride demonstrated by the student body and staff members.

“It’s great to be back at Paget Primary School,” said the Governor. “To walk through their museum again, and also to see so many of the Bermudians who are being honored here in attendance as well.

“It’s wonderful for the honourees to be here, so that they can get a sense of what their journey, their progress, their successes means to the young people who are here at Paget Primary School.

While it was not her first time experiencing the event, Ms Lalgie said that the joy felt was no less invigorating as experienced previously.
“I always enjoy being able to hear from children at the school, as they go through and I’m so proud of what they have learned about their fellow Bermudians,” she told TNN’s intrepid reporter Trevor Lindsay. “So, for me, it’s been great to see them talking about the sense which they are understanding and also getting to meet the very people who they are learning about as well, which we don’t always get to do in life.”

Asked of her thoughts and feelings relative to such being her, likely, final visit to the school during her tenure as Governor, Laljie was reluctant to concede that she would never return to at the Ord Road institution.

“Well, it will be my last time at Paget Primary School as governor for Black History month, so let’s leave it at that,” she said with a hearty laugh. “But it’s been great to come back again and see some familiar faces in the staff and the student body as well.”

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