Folks lined up waiting to vote in the 1954 Elections at St. Ignatius School in Belize City
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Original St. Ignatius Church in Belize City, 1933

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Folks lined up waiting to vote in the 1954 Elections at St. Ignatius School in Belize City

This is St Ignatius School on Euphrates Ave in Belize City on election day. Across the bridge from Queens Square. People went to vote and parked their bikes by the fence. I bet they were safe without locking them. Raleigh and Rudge bicycles. That school was also used to hold dances.

So much of of our culture is reflected in this little picture: mode of transportation (I bet the majority walked), the dress (all males had on hats). No males had on shorts. Females used only dresses in public. At that time probably the church was upstairs, before church built across the street. The church bell was in the school yard.

Photo 3 of the original school:

Harold Usher: I love those free standing church bells, as well as the old fire bells we used to have around Belize, not to mention the town clocks. They are so much a part of Belize in the old days. I grew up with those babies. And the interesting thing is that as kid we used to climb those stilts, or whatever we call them. In other words they were part of our playdrounds.

Lorena Leslie: I remember the fairs they hosted, one was a big annual fair. I especially liked the gifts they placed on the hooks for fishing game.

Marta Woods: I went to church there since we were in that parish. Then the new church was built across the street.

Joseito Sosa The old church was then converted into the school building and afterwards they built another school building.

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