An exhibition entitled The Life and Times of Patrick Augustus Mervyn Manning has been set up in the National Library Building, Port-of-Spain. The display is to honour the life of the longest serving member of parliament, fourth and sixth Prime Minister. It will also commemorate the first anniversary of his death and celebrate his birthday which would have occurred later this month.
Head of Technical Services/Special Collections at The University of Trinidad and Tobago, Janice Blake said that the display is meant to give the public an opportunity to look into the life of former prime minister Patrick Manning. "It's about seeing his personal and professional life and understanding what it is life to be Prime Minister. There is a whole other side than just running the country," she said. She also noted that it aids in documenting the life of those who served us. "What do we know about our past governors? Nothing." Blake stated that in the future, our ancestors can look at the artefacts and understand our history.
Blake stated that she expects a sizeable turnout, as she is certain that persons want to honour the life and death of Mr. Manning. She is also expecting members of the Manning family and those who would have served with him to visit the exhibition.
Items on display include clothing, awards, photographs, newspaper clippings, vision 20/20 documents and even a 400 year old bible that was found in his office.
The exhibition can be viewed at the Adult Library, 1st Floor, National Library Building from Wednesday 9th August to Wednesday 30th August. Viewing times are between 8:30am to 6:00pm weekdays and until 4:00pm on Saturdays.