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Sir Henry Fraser leads the 2020 Carifest Virtual Summit in Celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month

In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, Charleston Carifest explores the birth of Charleston and its 350 year link to the Caribbean via the Barbados Carolina Connection. The Carifest Virtual Summit, co-authored by Professor Emeritus Sir Henry Fraser, is Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 PM on Facebook Live at    

Fraser, retired Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Founding Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre of the UWI (Cave Hill Campus), authored more than 100 peer reviewed medical and scientific papers, several hundred other written works. He is best known for his many books on Barbados heritage and architecture and several TV film series including Treasures of Barbados and Pillars of Worship & Parliament 375 for CBC-TV. Fraser is also the past President of the Barbados National Trust. He chaired both the Task Force for nomination of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as a World Heritage site and the Task Force for Preservation of Barbados’s Built Heritage and the Preservation Trust from 2012 to 2016. Fraser has received many awards. He served as senator from 2012 to 2018 and was knighted in November 2014.

The Carifest Virtual Summit looks at the contributions of the Caribbean to Charleston and the lasting effects of the connection on the people, places and culture. Additional presenters include Ian Sanchez, Queen Quet, Elder Carlie Towne and Caroline Howell. The Caribbean community is one of the most culturally rich and diverse in America. In South Carolina, Caribbean nationals and their descendants contribute to the vibrancy of the state in a wide range of social, academic, commercial, governmental and non-profit sectors.

For more information about the event or South Carolina Caribbean Culture and Heritage email or call (843) 557-6258.

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