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Corozal Town, Corozal, Belize
 

Corozal Town Hall

Corozal Town Historical Walk

 
 
Corozal Town Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
1. Corozal Town Hall Marker
Inscription.
Corozal Town Hall
In 1952 the Corozal Town Hall was constructed. It was financed by the Baron Bliss Trust Fund. The large concrete building dominated the physical landscape with only two other concrete structures, the Catholic Church and the Priests' residence existing amongst board houses. The structure was designed to be a hurricane proof building and it proved to be so when it survived category 5 Hurricane Janet in 1955, saving the lives of 300 Corozal residents who took refuge inside it.

In 1953 Corozal artist Manuel Villamor created his iconic mural which depicts the historical development of Corozal. The mural has changed over the years, in 1986 he redesigned it and in 2003 Mr. Villamor restored the mural. In 2012 at the age of 84 he completed his final restoration. Currently the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) oversees the preservation and promotion of this national treasure.

In 1958 as a result of the anti colonial movement and the constitutional reform, the magistrate as chief administrator changed to the Mayor and a town clerk. The Town Hall then provided space for a Mayor's and clerk's office and a large space as an assembly room for Town Board's regular meetings and civic functions. (Marker Number 5 of 7.)
 
Location.
Corozal Town Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
2. Corozal Town Hall Marker
18° 23.48′ N, 88° 23.21′ W. Marker is in Corozal Town, Corozal. Marker is on 1st Street South just south of 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corozal Town, Corozal 7M0ZP L1XPD, Belize.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corozal Town Central Park (a few steps from this marker); Felipe Santiago Ricalde (within shouting distance of this marker); Parish Office/Priest’s Residence/Xavier College (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fort Barlee (about 90 meters away); Her Majesty's Prison (about 120 meters away); House of Culture/Public Market (about 150 meters away); Schofield Residence (about 180 meters away).
 
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The Corozal Town Hall's historic mural by Manuel Villamor image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
3. The Corozal Town Hall's historic mural by Manuel Villamor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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