Bahamas to get ‘Sidney Poitier’ bridge
Published: October 10, 2012 02:40PM
Updated: October 10, 2012 02:40PM
American actor Sidney Poitier gestures after being awarded Commander in the Order of the Arts and Letters by France's Minister of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres during a ceremony at the Festival Palace, at the 59th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Thursday, May 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Nassau, Bahamas • A bridge in the Bahamas is being renamed to honor Sidney Poitier, who spent part of his childhood in the island chain east of Florida.

Prime Minister Perry Christie says the Paradise Island Bridge will be rechristened as part of next month’s 40th anniversary celebration of Bahamian independence. Christie says the 88-year-old film star is being honored because of his life story and diplomacy. Poitier has been Bahamian ambassador to Japan and UNESCO.

The Oscar-winning Poitier was born in the United States but spent much of his childhood on Cat Island, a sparsely populated island in the central Bahamas.

The Paradise Island Bridge is the largest in the Bahamas. It connects the capital to the Atlantis resort, one of the region’s main tourist destinations. The renaming was announced Tuesday.