MARIGOT--Amuseum Naturalis invites the public to the free gala opening of the museum’s exhibit Women, People of Colour, and The Making of Natural History in The Caribbean from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

The installation is part of a special series created to shine a light on the trailblazers of Caribbean natural science from the late 1400s to the early 1900s. The exhibit brings their discoveries, explorations and stories to life with vivid biographical snapshots and reproductions of beautiful antique zoological and botanical illustrations, engravings, maps, and portraits by historical and contemporary artists.

Be The Change SXM contributed to the funding for this exhibit and the upcoming companion website.

“People of colour and women have made important contributions to science throughout history. But their work has often been suppressed, or just not as well publicised as that of their white male peers, and this happened in Caribbean science just like everywhere else” explains Jenn Yerkes, Amuseum Naturalis co-curator and Les Fruits de Mer President. “We wanted to create an opportunity for people to discover the fascinating stories of these incredible women and men who helped to build the scientific heritage of the Caribbean. We hope everyone will come out to celebrate the exhibition launch, find out about these amazing pioneers, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the opening reception!”

The free, public exhibit launching Tuesday night will include captivating figures such as Catalina de Ayahibex, a 16th century Taino tribal leader who was an expert in native plants; Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 – 1717), a scientific artist known for her expedition to Suriname to document Greater Caribbean insects, reptiles, birds, and plants; and Graman Quassi (ca. 1690 – ca. 1780), a renowned healer and botanist of African descent, and more.

The free opening reception and the exhibition will be held in the Special Exhibition Room at Amuseum Naturalis. The exhibition will run April 18 to May 2, 2017, and can be visited during the museum’s regular opening hours as well as from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday, April 23, during the 2017 Endemic Animal Festival.

Amuseum Naturalis is a free pop-up museum that highlights the natural history of St. Martin and the Caribbean, created by the Les Fruits de Mer association. The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Amuseum Naturalis is located at 96, Boulevard de Grand Case in Grand Case. It is made possible by the generous support of Delta Petroleum and over a dozen businesses and individual donors who have become Friends of the Amuseum. For more information, visit amuseumnaturalis.com.

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