Submitted by Caswell Franklyn
A notice in the obituaries of the Midweek Nation of July 25, 2012 informed us of the passing of Julian Albert Marryshow on July 17, 2012, and further that he was cremated in a private ceremony a week later on July 24th. I am sure that his quiet departure from the scene was done in accordance with his wishes. After all, he was not one to crave the limelight or even claim the accolades that were rightly his.
By now many would be asking, Julian Who? The answer to that will not redound to who we are as Barbadians. It is a carefully kept secret that he was the man who was responsible for the introduction of our Crop Over Festival. The xenophobic revisionist among us would want to exclude his pioneering role in the development of something that is considered to be an integral part of our Barbadian culture from History. My understanding is that he drew his first breath in Grenada which to some is all that is needed to exclude him from his rightful place in History.
They probably reason how can we call Crop Over our own when it was developed by a Grenadian? To cure that apparent defect, they have shamefully removed him from all aspects of the development of “we culture” which should bring us no pride as Barbadians.
Julian you are gone but not forgotten, at least I will remember your contribution and I will tell others. Rest in peace.