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Calabar to open museum in Sept

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

The entire collection of memorabilia once owned by the late Dr Herb McKenley is to be showcased at the Calabar High School Museum of Achievement.

The museum is being built in commemoration of Calabar's 100th anniversary and is set to open in September on the high school's grounds in St Andrew.

"Calabar is about nation building. The Reverend Hugh Sherlock wrote the words of the national anthem and Sir Philip Sherlock is co-founder of the University of the West Indies, which they both attended. A heritage attraction like this is needed," David Fitz-Henley, coordinator of the Calabar Museum, told The Gleaner.

"The Calabar Museum will not be for Calabar boys alone, but Jamaica as well. This is of great significance to this country."

Culture disappearing

Fitz-Henley noted that the main reason for building the museum was due to the aspects of their culture that disappeared when each set of students graduated.

"The museum will help abolish this state of change. We want to keep the value of our founders constant, and we believe the museum of achievement will establish that. When a boy comes in at age 13, he enters as a junior. As that boy matures, his values and dreams will change. We hope to inspire them from an early age and show them anything is possible," Fitz-Henley commented.

The exhibit will contain trophies, medals, and monuments of all the school's achievements, whether through sports, academics, art, history, architecture, culture, music, or media over the school's 100 years of existence.

There will also be monuments of prominent public figures who attended the institution.

"Thanks to the museum, Calabar boys will be able to fully understand their history and what we really mean by the school motto 'The utmost for the highest'. Many have forgotten who figures like Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley, and P.J. Patterson are. These are men that have passed through the walls of Calabar and went on to achieve great feats," Fitz-Henley said.