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P.O. Box 561631*Miami, Fl 33256-1631*USA*Tel: 305-271-7246*Fax: 305-271-4160
PORT OF SPAIN On September 23, 2002, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago launched
the stamp, The University of Woodford Square 1956 as the culmination of 40 days of celebration
commemorating the nation's 40th anniversary of Independence. The stamp is one of a set of four three
others honouring the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth. It
is available both individually (approx. US 15 cents) and as a First Day Cover (approx. US 38 cents) from:
TTPost, Philatelic Bureau, do Annette Figuerra, National Mail Centre, PO. Box 1, Piarco, Republic of
Trinidad & Tobago.
The University of Woodford Square 1956, an original acrylic painted by well-known local artist
Adrian Camps-Campins, celebrates a time, place indeed, a man who was central to the development of
Trinidad and Tobago's independent status and spirit. The painting depicts Dr. Eric Williams, the first
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, delivering one of his famous speeches in downtown Port of
Spain to the massive crowds gathered in Woodford Square.
On the eve of Independence, the "University" of Woodford Square was, as Dr. Williams' wrote in
1967, "a centre of free university education for the masses, of political analysis and training in self
government, for parallels of which we must go back to the city state of ancient Athens. The lectures have
been university dishes served with political sauce. They have given the people of Trinidad and Tobago a
vision and a perspective......by placing them in the context of the world struggle.....for human freedom
and for colonial emancipation. They have taught the people what one French writer of the 18th century
saw as the greatest danger, that they have a mind."
Adrian Camps-Campins who has, himself, exhibited at several international venues, among them
the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC and the 'Grand Palais' in Paris, has agreed to allow
the painting's image to be used for the benefit of the Eric Williams Memorial Collection at the University
of the West Indies. The Collection was inaugurated in 1998 by current US Secretary of State, Colin
Powell. It has been named to UNESCO's prestigious Memory of the World Register the United
Nations' effort to preserve the world's historical and cultural heritage.
The painting has been made available to the Eric Williams Memorial Collection through the
generosity of bpTT.
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Websites: www.mainlib.uwi.tt/eric html http:/palhnm.fcla.edueewv/
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