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Corozal Town, Corozal, Belize — Central America

House of Culture/Public Market

Corozal Town Historical Walk

House of Culture/Public Market Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
1. House of Culture/Public Market Marker
House of Culture/Public Market
Arriving from England by ship in 1885, the cast iron frame of an intended market was assembled and a building was constructed along the shoreline close to the public pier. Inaugurated in 1886, the Corozal Town Public Market was in operation for one century.

The Public Market was the commercial and social hub of Corozal Town. For the majority of its years in operation community members routinely visited the market to purchase meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. As the centre of activity, first hand news and gossip would be shared amongst shoppers. Corozal's elite families (Schofield, Riveroll, Romero and Rosado) had the privilege of purchasing the finest cuts of meat. They were followed by the upper middle class, such as government officials, and the remaining townsfolk were able to purchase what was left.

By 1986 the building was no longer big enough for the market and it closed its doors. Refurbished in 1995, various organizations utilized it until 2000 when it was abandoned. In 2011 it was restored again through the kind efforts of the community and inaugurated as the
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Corozal House of Culture (NICH) in 2012.
Erected by National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). (Marker Number 1 of 7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
Location. 18° 23.396′ N, 88° 23.191′ W. Marker is in Corozal Town, Corozal. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue and 2nd Street South, on the left when traveling west on 1st Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corozal Town, Corozal 7M10B L1XG9, Belize. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Her Majesty's Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Parish Office/Priest’s Residence/Xavier College (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Schofield Residence (about 120 meters away); Corozal Town Hall (about 150 meters away); Corozal Town Central Park (about 180 meters away); Felipe Santiago Ricalde (about 210 meters away); Fort Barlee (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Mr. Ignacio Filiberto Sabido Padilla (approx. 14.5 kilometers away in Mexico). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corozal Town.
House of Culture/Public Market Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
2. House of Culture/Public Market Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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