COVID-19: Discover Dominica Authority launches videos featuring Dr. Lennox Honychurch

Dr. Lennox Honychurch

Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) releases a four-part series on how the island has dealt with pandemics in the past.  The series will feature the extensive historical knowledge of renowned historian, Dr. Lennox Honychurch.  The release of this series is intended to provide a different perspective on how the people of Dominica have handled pandemics in the past.

The first episode will focus on the arrival of the Europeans, their place in spreading diseases, the practices of the indigenous Kalinago, the first inhabitants of the island and their actions in response to the new situation.  Episode two speaks to the introduction of new diseases to Dominica and the role of the formerly enslaved people.   The efforts of Dominica’s medical stalwarts will be featured in the penultimate episode of this series.  Exploring how the actions taken by our country and ancestors in addressing health situations in the past are relevant to us today in the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.  The role of these medical pioneers in helping the population cope through previous pandemics and illnesses will be highlighted. The final episode will emphasize the island’s relationship with neighbouring islands and will include Christopher Columbus’ rediscovery of the island.

Director of Tourism, Mr. Colin Piper, says “DDA is always looking to increase awareness of the destination and keep it top of mind, and one way to do so is to inform and educate on our culture and heritage. While most know Dominica for its nature; culture, heritage and wellness abound as well.  We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Honychurch who has selflessly agreed to impart some of his knowledge about the history of Dominica and the courage of our people in this series.”

The first video was released on the Discover Dominica Facebook page on April 9, 2020.  The videos will reside on Discover Dominica’s YouTube page as well.  Viewers are asked to like, share and provide feedback on the videos as well as other topics they would like featured.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website:, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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  1. Show and tell
    April 13, 2020

    Nothing to substantiate Lenox’ story. No records of such occurrences. Though some of the things he mentioned made sense. “The one eye man is king among the blind.”

    • Bee
      September 29, 2021

      I guess before they burned down the registry a lot of valuable information were stolen.

  2. His Story
    April 12, 2020

    It’s only honychurch who knows about that. I’m sure is able to tell me what happened to my Great, great, great, grandfather and his grandfather.

  3. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    April 12, 2020

    Good information, isolation works. In a time like this there is a benefit to not having easy access to Dominica.

  4. April 12, 2020

    Thank you Lennox for putting what we consider a modern day crisis in historical context. Lessons from the past are invaluable to the future of humankind.

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