Today the Corozal House of Culture held one of its lecture series entitled Perspectives of our Past at the Corozal Junior College conference room. The topic today was the Old Market which has been in existence in Corozal Town for over 130 years. Historian Roy Rodriguez shared with the audience some of the interesting research findings he found in his work.
Roy Rodriguez - Historian
“The building, that’s the old market, was designed as a public market but it only become a market for butchers selling meats, mainly beef and pork, but its location on the beach front provided a space outside with a small Warf where fish and vegetables and fruits were sold by fishermen from across the bay. Because of the commercial activities then there was a space in the market for a government bonded warehouse, there were many butchers in Corozal town but only three of them rented spaces in the market; butchers who sold meat especially pork, at their houses, were view with certain dislike as people doubted whether health inspector had examined their animals before slaughtering. The three well known butchers were; Thomas Vellos, Nick Watson, and Victor Acke, among these male butchers there was a very esteemed female butcher affectionately known as La Meridana because she came from Merida, reliable sources attest that she groomed Jesus Alcoser into butchering professional meat cuts and prudent management and he became one of Corozal’s most respected successful butcher, his sons following his legacy are also successful butchers and you can see them in the new market now.”
The second lecture comes up on December 6th and the topic which researcher Alan Baker will be presenting on is the Railway System of Corozal. Interested persons can contact the House of Culture for more information.
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