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The Bahamas In Transition #15
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The Bahamas In Transition #15

When the Progressive Liberal Party came to power, they had to deal with segregation in New Providence and Freeport , Grand Bahama. Bahamian whites practise racial discrimination in Nassau also. But in Freeport it was mostly foreigners. Freeport City developer Wallace Grove, was given major concession by the previous administration, the United Bahamian Party. Under the Hawksbill Creek agreement, which allowed Groves to set out rules to govern Freeport through the Port Authority.

When the Progressive Liberal Party came to power, they were not happy with the concessions given to the Port Authority. Freeport was a city populated by many white expatriates in the 60's. It's alleged that many of these emigrants displayed their racial discrimination against the black population. Black Bahamian were not welcome in Freeport city, it was difficult for them to live or rent apartment during that period.

While many whites lived in luxury, many of the natives who lived in West End and the adjourning communities, living in neglected, squalor and underdeveloped areas. The decrepit housing and deprived resident, lacked the basic amenities of running water and electricity. But this was not just common in those settlements, but this condition existed all over the Family of Islands, however Nassau enjoyed superior conditions.

After the Progressive Liberal Party defeated the United Bahamian Party, they pledged to "open the doors of Freeport for the Black Bahamians." The Prime Minister Lynden Pindling vowed to revised the Hawksbill Creek agreement and promised changes to the governing of Freeport, which was at that time segregated.

The Progressive Liberal Party wanted to introduce a policy to stop racial discrimination, a policy similar to those introduce in Nassau, where the natives would be able to live anywhere in Freeport, works in Banks, promotions, hired to top paying jobs in all sectors of development and elimination of discrimination. The white expatriates were against this policy.

This crises increase on the 26th July 1969 when during a speech at the opening of Borco an oil refinery company, Pindling stated in a speech that the people who were against change in Freeport City will either "Bend or Break" to his political party wishes. In 1975 Jack Hayward became chairman of the Grand Bahama Authority, and Edward St. George chairman of IDC. In 1978 Grove sold a part of his interest in his wife name to Jack Hayward for 33 million. After Groves left the Port Authority, the company named IDC owned by Edward St. George and Jack Hayward, making them the main owners of the Port Authority.


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