The exhibition offers a historical view of the Aruban identity through time to display the economic development influence on its population makeup. The Aruban economic development brought many persons from different countries who helped with labor and made Aruba their forever home. For example, in the exposition, one can see the origin of Aruban surnames.
The exhibition is in connection with the celebrations to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the abolition of slaves, which the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands will organize on July 1, 2023. ANA includes in the exhibition, art, and information about the history of slavery in Aruba. A significant part of our history is not well known, but with the digitalization of the colonial archives, it will be more accessible.
To commemorate the Anthem and Flag Day, ANA also included in its exhibition some of the 600 paintings from the design competition for the Aruba flag in 1976. In this section, one can also admire one of the flags raised on March 18, 1976, in the Wilhelmina Stadium.
Minister Maduro thanks ANA for the beautiful exhibition and invites the community to visit it.
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