The Bermuda Collection

Black History in Bermuda

Free Poster with Purchase

A limited number of BNG posters featuring Theatre Boycott Upstairs Right by Robert Barritt, 1959, will be given away with purchases of Black History in Bermuda: Timeline Spanning Five Centuries recently published by Citizens Uprooting Racism Bermuda (CURB).  

Formally trained in fine art at Mt. Allison University, Robert Barritt exhibited frequently in Bermuda during the 1950s and 1960s. He ventured beneath Bermuda’s postcard-perfect surface, where few Bermudians, and possibly none of his white contemporaries dared go, tackling issues of poverty and social injustice.

The artwork, which is one of two of his works in the Bermuda National Gallery’s permanent collection, was created in response to the 1959 activism of the Progressive Group that began the process of desegregating Bermuda, which was not complete until schools were desegregated in 1970.

Posters are only available directly from the CURB office in Hamilton. Please email or call 707 1496 for more information.

Above: Black History in Bermuda: Timeline Spanning 5 Centuries, published by CURB. Top: Theatre Boycott Upstairs Right, 1959, by Robert V. Barritt. Oil on board, 20 x 24 inches. Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Gift of the artist.