- Joseph H. Jones, Manager, Cane Grove Anglican School.
I have no recollection of anyone telling Bertrand Abrams was fired as a school teacher. And for whatever the reasons offered by the colonial authorities. Such patterns of behavior was characteristic of prior generations. I never agreed with their behaviors of keeping the younger generations in the dark. I know their perspectives of the events, would be beneficial to understanding the scheme of things.
Bertrand Abrams was not the first Guyanese schoolteacher to be dismissed by the missionaries for trivial reasons. The missionaries were the school managers of the church schools in British Guiana. In 1902 and/or there about two schoolmasters, Henry Collins of Victoria and Simeon Josephus Wills were dismissed by the missionaries. The reported circumstances are illustrated as very trivial. Wills would become the beloved heroic figure, Prophet Wills. School teachers were dismissed for such crimes as being pregnant and/or impregnating while being unmarried. Moreover, it is high time our people stop the behavior of parroting, accepting missionaries as having our best interests foremost in their every deed. Obviously, the body of evidence of some two hundred years refute such claims. John Smith was no Demerara Martyr in August 1823. At best, historically, missionaries perpetuate a program of pacifying our people. Missionaries were employed to protect the interest of the colonial authorities, and the merchant class. In this the age of access to information, our people need to investigate and reevaluate events from a bottom-up perspective. A number of our scholars did and some are doing. Aurto Schomburg, Walter Rodney, Eusi Kwayana, John Henrik Clarke, Yosef Ben Jochannan and Edward Scobie and a few others have examined historical accounts, from an African perspective..
Source: Abrams versus the Members of the Governing Body of the Anglican Schools in B.G. and Others [Supreme Court (Luckhoo, CJ. (Ag.)) January 12, 15, 21, February 3, April 23, 1960]