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Bridgewater new U.S. ambassador to Jamaica

Pamela Bridgewater Awkard, who previously served in the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, is the new U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica. Bridgewater is a career diplomat who has served more than 30 years in the Foreign Service.

She has led diplomatic efforts that helped to change the course of world events, including the distinction of being the longest serving U.S. diplomat in South Africa during the historic transition from apartheid to a non-racial government.

“She has demonstrated throughout her career that she is the right person to assume this present ambassadorship,”said Acting Inspector General Harold W. Geisel, who stood in for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Bridgewater Awkard’s swearing-in.

“Having previously served in Jamaica, Pamela knows the country’s strengths, its challenges, and above all its potential.”

Bahamian photographer Franklyn G. Ferguson captured these photos during Bridgewater Awkard’s swearing-in ceremony in Washington D.C. before she officialy took office in Kingston.

Ferguson’s book”Through The Eye”, an insight into black history in The Bahamas with a collection of photographs offering a detailed overview of important political, social and religious events, is set to hit local bookstores by the end of the year.

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