– memorial to be erected at Independence ParkThe Education Ministry’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with several AfricanPresident David Granger addressing the gathering at the national commemoration ceremony on Saturdaycultural groups in Guyana on Saturday hosted a national commemoration ceremony to remember those who fought in the 1823 rebellion of the Demerara Slaves.The event held at the 1823 Monument located at the Seawall Raod, marks 193 years since the killings of hundreds of Africans, just a couple of days after the revolt had begun.The Demerara Slave Rebellion of August 18, 1823 was the largest in Guyana’s history.It started on Plantation Success, East Coast Demerara, and spread to other estates in the county. The revolt, which saw the involvement of about 10,000 slaves from over 50 plantations, intensified the process that led to the abolition of slavery.Addressing the gathering, President David Granger spoke of the revolt being a turning point in the slave society, noting the importance of remembering the event which is significant in not only Guyana but Caribbean history.He reflected: “The soldiers poured in volley after volley. The slaves returned fire but soon began to run, leaping the trenches into which many tumbled lifeless. Many were shot down on the road and in the cotton fields. By noon, the roadside was littered with dead bodies. About two hundred slaves had been killed.”The President thus reiterated the importance of the event to be remembered from year to year.Following his address, Granger announced that the Government will erect a memorial at the Independence Park to commemorate the executions.He stated that future generations must not forget that freedom was bought at the high price of the martyrdom of hundreds of Africans on August 20, 1823.However specific time-frame was not given as to when the construction will commence.Present at the event and speaking to the media, Executive of the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA), Violet Baptiste expressed delight at the president’s announcement of the memorial.
“We definitely feel on top of the world,” Moeai said. “Usually in the morning, I wake up and I’m so tired. But since we won the game last week, I can’t wait to wake up and go to school. We’ve never had the spotlight before and it’s been great, but we’re trying to stay humble because we have one more game left.”Cruz said she has enjoyed the support from the Banning student body.“Everyone knows who we are now,” Cruz said. “It’s been a long time since Banning made it to a City final. Every time we hear someone congratulate us or tell us that we’re one game closer, it’s not pressure. Rather, it’s a feeling inside of us we never felt before, and it brings out a lot of excitement in us.”Most of the Pilots were 5 years old or younger the last time Banning made a City final in softball in 1993. Both Moeai and Cruz were 2? years old at the time.Espinoza said he is taking a page from the Rose Bowl and has planned several major team festivities.The Pilots already had a fun golf tournament at their field and a postgame pizza party Friday.Then the Pilots made a team trip to Universal Studios Sunday.This weekend, Espinoza said he is taking the team to the Arizona softball regional to watch the University of Arizona, the alma mater of his sister, Laura, in Tucson.Then the Pilots will make it home Sunday for a trip to Magic Mountain.“I’m trying to make this an experience they’ll never forget,” Espinoza said. “It took us 13 years to get back here the last time, and we’re not guaranteed of returning to this game next year, so we’re making the most of it. Winning the game would be nice, but I want the girls to be able to take this with them for the rest of their lives.”As far as winning the game, even Espinoza said San Pedro is the odds-on favorite. The Pirates are making their seventh City title game appearance.The thing about the Pilots is that they are scrappy, hard-nosed and don’t concede anything. They split with San Pedro in the season series.“San Pedro’s a great team, but our team is so unpredictable and we always have a chance,” Moeai said. “I’ve never played on a team with so much fire, so much heart.”Shining stars: Devin Drag and Billy Sulentor, two former Mary Star pitchers, played pivotal roles in helping Chapman College win its second straight NCAA Division III West Region baseball title.Next up is the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis., on Friday.Drag, the national ERA leader at 0.80, posted a 7-2 win over Trinity in the quarterfinals and pitched the final four innings to earn the win in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Texas Lutheran in the final. Drag is 9-1 this season.Sulentor, a left-hander, threw a six-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks to beat George Fox, 7-1, in the semifinals.Drag and Sulentor made the All-West Region tournament team. Both were members of the Stars’ 2001 CIF Division V finalist team.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIt’s a major accomplishment for a sports program that has not made a City title game appearance in any sport since the football team’s improbable 2000 City title.“It’s a huge deal for the school and an even bigger deal for the community,” Espinoza said. “This has definitely put a charge into our school. The girls are walking around like movie stars.“The community is also in an uproar. I’ve received more phone calls of congratulations in the last couple of days than I normally get in a month. A lot of people have come out, offering their support and sometimes even donations.“We’re going into UCLA deep, with a lot of people.”Moeai, who delivered the game-wining hit in the semifinal against Carson in the bottom of the seventh, said the spotlight has been unexpected. Briana Moeai said classmates have asked for her autograph.Mika Cruz said the Banning softball players get high-fives and congratulations from classmates they’ve never met. Coach Jesse Espinoza said the Pilots have been embraced by a proud community eager to lend its support.The Pilots certainly have been enjoying the red-carpet treatment they’ve received since advancing to the L.A. City final, where they will face Marine League rival San Pedro on May 31 at UCLA’s Easton Stadium at 4 p.m.