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Trinidad Express / “Contrary to popular belief, our African ancestors in Trinidad and Tobago did not only arrive here through slavery; some were free people of colour, landowners, former soldiers and migrants from other islands,” said Government archivist Avril Belfon at the viewing of the Thematic Exhibition during the fifth Archives Awareness Week last Wednesday. The National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago (NATT) themed its awareness week; “Our African Legacy: Roots and Routes,” in commemoration of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), an initiative of the United Nations. NATT has the mandate to acquire, preserve and grant access to credible historical resources which include documents, books, photographs and film. Though they are currently building the African heritage of this country, they welcome research from all ethnicities and cultures in Trinidad and Tobago. While all government files and newspapers published are preserved and stored, Belfon calls on citizens to help enrich our history by providing information and documentation that can add to the diversity to the country’s collections.

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