The Cultures of Resistance Award Short Lists NHCS
The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) is pleased to announce its nomination for the Cultures of Resistance Award. This award recognizes groundbreaking work related to human rights, the environment, and economic and global justice. A prize of US$1,000 will go towards developing a new exhibition, “Nevis Notables.”
The exhibition will highlight not only the achievements of notable Nevisians and those of Nevisian heritage (e.g., Constance Baker-Motley, Cicely Tyson, Professor Ernest Melville DuPorte, and Bertram L. Baker), but also the men and women who played significant roles in the island’s history. These individuals, despite facing appalling treatment and conditions during enslavement, persevered and made lives for themselves and their families. They include individual resisters, collective resisters, survivors, matriarchs, and skilled persons during slavery.
The Cultures of Resistance Network promotes and supports organizations, activists, and artists seeking a peaceful, just, and democratic world. Created by Iara Lee, director of Cultures of Resistance Films, the CoR Network supports people who wish to take action on peace and justice issues. The NHCS, one of the Caribbean’s most respected and active organizations, is located in Charlestown, Nevis, at the site believed to be Alexander Hamilton‘s (#ad) birthplace.
The Society is a non-profit organization that relies on income from various sources, such as endowments, admission fees, grants, gift shop sales, fundraising events, membership fees, and a modest subvention from the Nevis Island Administration. Volunteer services are also contributed. The Society fundraises for and carries out projects and activities to safeguard the island’s natural and cultural heritage.
Currently, the NHCS operates two museums: the newly redeveloped Museum of Nevis History and the Alexander Hamilton Museum. The latter showcases the life of Alexander Hamilton, an American patriot, designer of the US Constitution, and developer of the US monetary system, who was born on Nevis. The Society is working on developing a new museum to highlight Nevis’ maritime history and also manages the Nevis Island Archives and the Nevis Archaeology Centre in Bellevue, next to the Government House.