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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Outpouring of Condolences for Slain Former Curator

Dr Claire Broadbridge

Lorraine Johnson, curator for the national museum and art gallery yesterday expressed her condolences to the family of slain former curator and art enthusiast, Dr Claire Broadbridge yesterday. Johnson said that Broadbridge worked tirelessly to preserve T&T's rich cultural legacy and urged public to follow Broadbridge's example of country before self.

"She was one of the pioneers of our institution, one of the earliest curators that the musem has had and she was instrumental in building up what we see here today. We are very saddened by her passing and to hear that this can happen to a woman who would have done so much for Trinidad and Tobago, it's really disheartening", John said.

"What we can learn from her is to be a patriot, to put TT first and remember that our memories, our heritage has a physical presence on our landscape and is manifested in the National Museum and Art Gallery. The message is that anyone can be a Claire Broadbridge. Anyone can be a patriot."

Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly also expressed her condolences to Broadbridge's family via a media release issued from her office yesterday. Dr. Gadsby-Dolly described Broadbridge as a

"In this time of grief we commit to honouring the legacy of Dr. Broadbridge by continuing to work towards strengthening our communities and challenging the further normalisation of violence through mediation, sustainable community development and the promotion of healing, resolution and empowerment through the arts."

Gadsby-Dolly said that Broadbridge would be remembered for her invaluable contribution to the national museum and art gallery and praised her for her years of selfless service.


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