Coming soon: The Story of Lynam Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Most people know the story of Lynam college as an anecdote to Belize’s history. It was an agricultural college that was infamously turned into a prison. And while that may be as much as some know about Lynam, there are a group of alumni from the school who want to change the view of the learning institution turned into prison. Rudolph Bowman, one of the first graduates of the school has undertaken, along with others to write the story of Lynam and the main goal is to, “bring justice to the school and alumni.”

Bowman who has spent most of his life in the U.S. is a graduate of the school and had the thought of writing the story of his Alma Mater. He said that, “Lynam became a jail and many people look back at Lynam and remember it more as a jail than as a learning institution, we want to change that perception. We want to show that there were very many good people, nation builders that came out of Lynam; in politics, in government, in agriculture, in teaching, that’s why we want to present the story and that is the story we want people to remember.”

Bowman says that along with persons like Anthony Chanona, Hernan Ochaeta, Patrick Scott, Angel Teck and others who have given their own story and experiences at the school they are compiling a book to tell the story of Lynam. According to Bowman, the book will look at the school from its inception when it was a mere idea to when it was established in Dangriga in 1953 to when it move to the Valley in 1957 and subsequent years up to 1971, when for financial and other reasons it had to be closed down. He says that the contributors will also add what Lynam meant to them and how it was that it formed their lives and lived up to one of its mottos of “Send me a boy and I will return a man.”

The book is still very much a work in progress and is still in its preliminary draft stages.