The annual ceremony to commemorate the Flowers Bank Fourteen was held over the weekend. There was a wreath laying ceremony to mark the anniversary of the1979 Public Meeting. The fourteen men from rural Belize cast a very important vote that made its mark in Belize’s history. After receiving information of the Spaniards making their way back into Belize, the men stood their ground and cast their votes to stay and fight for the country. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) along with the National Kriol Council were present at this year’s celebration and shared a few words.
The Flowers Bank fourteen are William Crofts, David Dawson, George Raybon, Joseph Smith, James Hercules, Caesar Flowers, William Flowers, John Dawson, Thomas Robertson, Joseph Toney, William Pindar, William Scott, George Grant and Adam Flowers. Only two were white and the remaining twelve were free black men.