The Botanical Gardens has been renamed Forbes Burnham Botanical Gardens, Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green announced on Tuesday.
During a forum hosted by the Mayor and City Council at the National Library to address the naming and renaming of streets around the city, it was announced that a total of 50 places are to be renamed in celebration of Guyana’s golden anniversary.
Some of the suggestions from the public, included that Orange Walk be called “Electric Avenue” in honour of Guyanese musician Eddy Grant. It was also proposed that the avenue between Carmichael Street be named Crum-Ewing Avenue to recognise political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing, who was murdered execution style on March 10, 2015. At the forum, persons also suggested that North Road be renamed to honour former President Desmond Hoyte.
Other prominent names that were suggested to be recognised and have buildings and streets named in their honour are Mayor Hamilton Green, Tommy Cain, Ron Robinson, Samuel Hinds, Cheddi and Janet Jagan, Deserey Fox, Stephen Campbell, Yesu Persaud, and Professor Clive Thomas.
Chairman of the forum, Ron Robinson told the gathering that the MC&C plans to rename a building, street, or place every day beginning in April 2016 for 50 days, leading up to Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
However, several persons cautioned the Council not to change names already with historical significance, and to show diversity in their selection as not only one particular race or one group of people are responsible for what Guyana has accomplished to date.
This is just another aspect of the many preparations underway to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary in 2016.