The Dancing Cocoa, Running Rails Project began as an idea in 1998 at the University of Miami where Richard Acosta was president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association. He was aware that 1999 was declared the International Year of the Aged by the United Nations and came up with the idea to illustrate the history of Trinidad and Tobago using the stories of our people.
Members were instructed to collect images of their grandparents and stories of their lives in Trinidad and Tobago over the Christmas break that year. The images and text would be displayed during the University’s International Students’ Day and used as educational tools to inform other nationalities of the diversity of Trinbago’s people and history. Unfortunately no one collected the data and the idea lay dormant for years until it finally came to fruition in 2012 due to the dedication & passion of the artist behind this stirring collection.
After many hurdles, the landmark collection of larger-than-life portraits found it’s inaugural home in Queen’s Hall. It was an event graced by an outpouring of support from family, friends, media & the subjects themselves. This album cannot begin to do justice to these pieces, but it is important this collection be recognized for the amazing labour of love it was.
In Richard’s own words, “This is a tribute to those who came before us and have lived in a time when things were uniquely Trinidadian.”
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Photography by Justin “Lime” Gosine.