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THA to honour former assemblyman Dr Winston Murray
Former assemblyman Dr Winston Murray, who died on
New Year's day, is to honoured by the Tobago House of
The announcement, to set up a committee to determine
how he is to be honour, was made at last month's Plena-
ry Sitting at the Assembly Chamber, Scarborough.
In paying tribute to Murray, Chief Secretary and Educa-
tion Secretary Kelvin Charles said the former Assemblyman
was an impactful educator.
"His direct contributions in Parliament, [include]
the establishment of the Tobago House of Assembly
as an institution where we made two important amend-
ments to the bill being debated at that time, [includ-
ing having] a four-year term rather than a three year
As a keen advocate for political and education reform,
it was Murray who demanded that the holder of the posi-
tion of Chief Secretary be paid. He also advocated that it
Chief Secretary Charles said his administration will
"appoint a three-member committee to be chaired by
the Chief Administrator [Raye Sandy] to consider and
recommend...an appropriate way to honour the life,
contributions and legacy of the late Dr Winston Murray."
Baptist leader: Time to Regroup
A Tobago Spiritual Baptist leader is call-
ing on members of his faith to "regroup"
and "strategize" on the way forward.
Spiritual Baptist Leader Bishop Mural Dil-
lon made the call, during this year's Spiri-
tual Baptist Liberation Day celebrations at
He said the Tobago House of Assembly
granted the organisation three acres of land
in 2006 and although work began on the
Spiritual Baptist Educational Complex and
$1.8 million spent, there is still a lot more
to be done.
"Everybody must take interest in the proj-
ect.We are a faith rich in spirit but poor
financially. Let us apply the lesson in the
scripture to our lives and our state will
He reminded them of the Biblical promise
that for them to receive blessings they must
give. "When we give sparingly we receive
sparingly. We are a people who are afraid to
enter into business ventures; we have con-
ducted seminars on business and seen little
Bishop Dillon called on members to join
and map the way forward. He invited them
to a consultation to be held later this month
so that they can make recommendations to
assist with the progress of the facility.
In bringing remarks, Chief Secretary Kel-
vin Charles said the Tobago House of Assem-
bly "is always ready to support the Baptist
community in Tobago."
"We have also been proud to contribute
to Liberation celebrations, and to your out-
reach programmes which will allow you to
give back to the communities, including
homes for the aged at Lambeau, Bacolet,
Mason Hall and Canaan/Bon Accord."
He said the celebrations are a testimony
of and a memorial to all who have strug-
gled for the rights of the Spiritual Baptists
"For all those whose self-prescribed obli-
gation is to make our society, our island,
and our country better; it highlights the
value of our religious diversity and inclu-
He also noted that "it is a reminder of
how much better it is to correct (the) wrongs
for the cause of social justice than to simply
And Minority Leader of the Tobago House
of Assembly Watson Duke urged the mem-
bers of the faith to remember what they
"You are free at last, you are free to sing
and dance as you please. You are free to
speak as you want to speak and don't get
According to Duke "sometimes in life when
persons get sophisticated they lose their
"You sing and you preach on what you
want to preach. Gone are the days when
people could have said I going to the Baptist
because I want them to do this for me," Duke
He said he wanted them to continue on
their journey to be faithful to God, not man.
This year marks 66 years since the ban
was lifted on the Spiritual or Shouter Bap-
tist faith and 21 years since the day was
designated as an official holiday.
Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles addresses the
gathering at the Spiritual Baptist Liberation
Day celebrations in Signal Hill, Tobago.
Ayanna Webster-Roy, MP Tobago East, attends Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day celebrations
along with THA Secretaries Marslyn Melville-Jack, Secretary of Community Development,
Enterprise Development and Labour, and Nadine Stewart-Phillips, Secretary of Tourism, Culture
and Transportation. PHOTOS COURTESY THA INFO DEPT
Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day was celebrated on March 30. This year marked the 21st
anniversary of celebrations with praise and worship services. The occasion was officially
proclaimed a holiday in 1996. The holiday is celebrated in recognition of the repeal of the
prohibition law that prevented the activities of the Spiritual Baptists.
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