Port Mourant

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Port Mourant
Town
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Port Mourant
Location in Guyana
Coordinates: 6°15′N57°20′W / 6.250°N 57.333°W / 6.250; -57.333 Coordinates: 6°15′N57°20′W / 6.250°N 57.333°W / 6.250; -57.333
Country Flag of Guyana.svg Guyana
Region East Berbice/Corentyne
Population
 (2012) [1]
  Total1,136
Time zone UTC-4
Climate Af

Port Mourant is a town on the Atlantic coast in East Berbice-Corentyne, Guyana. It is the birthplace of the late president Cheddi Jagan as well as many of Guyana's most famous cricketers. Port Mourant was originally a sugar estate. Many residents are self-employed, but the sugar industry continues to be a source of employment.

Contents

Port Mourant is made up of 15 areas including Free Yard, Bound Yard, Portuguese Quarter, Bangladesh, Ankerville, Clifton, Tain, Miss Phoebe and John’s. Bound Yard was named for the indentured labourers who lived there, and when their contracts were finished, they moved to Free Yard. Neighboring areas include Rose Hall town and Bloomfield village. [2]

History

The Port Mourant sugar estate was situated in what was historically called the Corantyne district. By the mid 20th century, this district was considered the more prosperous of the sugar-growing regions, the largest producer of rice, and the five estates also supported a wider array of services independent from the sugar industry which were all centered at Port Mourant. Residents were mostly Indo-Guyanese, with a small number of Afro-Guyanese people. The town had its own factory for processing sugar cane until it closed in 1955. [3]

Education

The village has nursery schools at Tain, Ankerville and Port Mourant. Primary schools are in Tain and Port Mourant (formerly Anglican Elementary).

Secondary schools include Joseph Chamberlain Chandisingh Secondary (formerly Corentyne High School, Est.1938), Port Mourant Secondary (formerly Roman Catholic Elementary), and Corentyne Comprehensive High School (formerly 'Compre'/Rudra Nath High). [2]

Tertiary education includes an extension of the University of Guyana at Tain since November 2000, and the GuySuCo Apprentice Training Centre. [4]

RN Persaud High School (Sideline Dam), now defunct, was the very first secondary school in Berbice.

Health care

Commerce

Port Mourant has two majors markets; the Port Mourant Market, [9] which is one of the largest markets in Guyana, and the Tain Market. Both are mainly farmers' markets, and the market at Port Mourant also offers a wide variety of other goods for sale, including overseas imports. The village also has "fast-food outlets, a supermarket, small restaurants, rum shops, a gas station, travel service, a barber’s shop, lumber yard, Skye Communication, E-Networks and various other businesses." [2]

Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry has a Port Mourant branch.

Entertainment

The Port Mourant Community Center Ground is a major cricket venue, and the Port Mourant club is a major regional team. [10] Port Mourant also has a volleyball team. [11]

Port Mourant Racetrack features horse racing. [12]

The former Roopmahal Cinema in Miss Phoebe was one of the oldest cinemas in the Berbice area until it was replaced with a shopping mall in 2013.

Places of interest

The Babu John Cemetery is the location of the cremation of the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan and his wife Janet Jagan. It was built to accommodate the influx of deaths related to the influenza outbreak after World War 2. Babu John, a sugar planter from De Keneren, was the cemetary's caretaker and it was named for him when he died. [13]

Religious institutions

Hindu temples include the Miss Phoebe North Kali Temple, Free Yard Hindu Mandir, Shri Krishna Mandir (Miss Phoebe north), Vishnu Saanaatan Mandir, Maha Kali Mandir (Portuguese quarter north), Miss Phoebe Hindu Mandir, Sideline Shiva Mandir, and the Tain Hindu Mandir.

Other denominational services are at God of the Change International Church Haswell, Tain Bible Church, Tain Living Water Assembly, Tain Seven Day Adventist, St. Joseph Anglican Church and St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church.

Charitable organizations include the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (Bal Nivas) and the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mission Center. [2]

Notable residents

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "PORT MOURANT - a thriving community where humble residents appreciate Gov't efforts". Guyana Chronicle. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
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  4. "GuySuCo set to restart training at Port Mourant Centre". Stabroek News. 27 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  5. "New Accident and Emergency Unit at Port Mourant Hospital". Stabroek News. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  6. "Lucrative horse race action tomorrow at Port Mourant". Stabroek News. 14 December 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  7. "$140M ophthalmology centre launched at Port Mourant". Stabroek News. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  8. "Ministry of Health". 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  9. "Port Mourant Market closed until further notice". Stabroek News. 5 April 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  10. "BCB's 'Year of Investment' living up to name". News Room Guyana. 18 January 2021. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  11. "Port Mourant male and female volleyball teams capture 'B' division tournaments". Stabroek News. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  12. "Lucrative horse race action tomorrow at Port Mourant". Stabroek News. 14 December 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  13. "History This Week". Stabroek News. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2021.