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Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018. 1:08 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Flower’s Bank Village Council will be holding its 10th Annual Kriol Festival tomorrow, June 2, in honor of the men known as the Flower’s Bank 14.

The festival, done in collaboration with the National Kriol Council and National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), will be held at the Flower’s Bank Community Center, which is also the site for the Flower’s Bank Logwood Museum. Festivities will also be held at the park across from the center.

The festivities are set to highlight various aspects of Kriol culture, many of which have begun to fade over time. Those events include coconut husking, Cohoon nut breaking and the cane juicing competition. There will also be Jankunu dancing and the beating of Kriol drums. The Belize Canoe Association will also be holding a race in the village during the day.

The festival pays homage to the 14 men that traveled to Belize City by canoe in 1797 to attend the town meeting on whether to evacuate the settlement in the face of an impending Spanish invasion or stay and fight. Their vote broke the 51-51 tie and thus played a key role in the development of Belize.

The names of the Flowers Bank 14 are listed on a memorial in the village. They were: William Crofts, Caesar Flowers, William Pindar, David Dawson, William Flowers, William Scott, George Raybon, John Dawson, George Grant, Joseph Smith, Thomas Robertson, Adam Flowers, James Hercules, and Joseph Tone.

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