Audrey Jeffers House

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This site is on the Heritage Asset Register which is the official list of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic sites that are worthy of notation and preservation. The register is authorized by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago’s Council and is by no means exhaustive. The sites on the Heritage Asset Register are not owned by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust welcomes any historical information and oral histories the public wishes to share with us concerning this site via the feedback form.

This site on 22 Sweet Briar Road was built in 1908 by Henry Jeffers (at the time an established lawyer and three term member of the Port of Spain City Council) and was the Jeffers family home. His daughter Audrey Jeffers (born 1898) was the first Afro-Trinidadian woman to be elected as part of the Port of Spain City Council. She obtained her diploma in Social Sciences at Alexander College, North London and founded the Union of Students of African Descent (later became the League of Coloured Students).

After returning to Trinidad in 1920 from London, she used her family home to start a Junior School. A year later, she established the Coterie of Social Workers of Trinidad and Tobago – an organisation that started off giving free lunches to underprivileged children, and went on to building homes for the blind, elderly and homeless.

She was honoured with the title Mother of Philanthropy, and was posthumously honoured the Chaconia Gold Medal for Social Service in 1969, the year after she died.

Other Known Name: Briarend House

Address: 22 Sweet Briar Road

Town/City: St Clair

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Private

Public Accessibility: Restricted Access

Listing Status: Stage 4 – Preparation of Dossier for Heritage Site

Cultural Community: African

Site Features: Residences & Great Houses

 

Address:

22 Sweet Briar Road, St Clair, Port of Spain