In 2012, I began writing Belize Facts and Figures. This book is meant to teach everything Belize, from the ecosystems to the tax system. The book is intended to play an important role in the process of molding students into highly informed and functional citizens.
The book includes a detailed section on the history of the country. In addition to detailing what happened in Belize from 15,000 years ago to the present, it discusses politics in Belize starting around the 1950s. The section on political history starts with the People’s Committee and progresses into the split and the politicization of the country.
The artwork above is part of the content of the section on politics in the history section of the book. It depicts the meeting which led to the formation of the People’s Committee. This pioneering piece of artwork was created by Mr. German Raul Figueroa who paints out of San Ignacio. German used many pictures to recreate the meeting which was not photographed. Individual pictures of the Founding Fathers were sourced from Belize Archives and Records Service and the artist compiled it into this final product. Featured in the painting are Leigh Richardson, John Smith, George Price, Philip Goldson and Nicholas Pollard.
The painting was loaned to the ISCR for inclusion in the Goldson Museum in Belmopan. We are in the process of preparing prints of the original painting for sale. If you would want prints to decorate your office or home, they will be available in the new year for sale.
The picture below features the painting with myself (Frantz Smith) and German Figueroa, the two collaborators in this work.