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"Service to Humanity Means Sacrifice" - Paul Bogle
Photo Credit: National Library Of Jamaica
Born around 1822, Mr. Bogle who lived in Stony Gut, St. Thomas was a Baptist Deacon. He was a firm political adherent of George William Gordon.
Though he was generally regarded as a peaceful man who shunned violence, he was a leader and organizer, he spent time in educating and training his followers.
and injustice in the society and lack of public confidence in the
central authority urged him to lead a protest march to the Morant Bay
Court-house on October 11, 1865.
For his role in the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, he was captured and hanged on October 24, 1865 by the United Kingdom (Jamaica was a British colony at that time), but his forceful demonstration achieved it’s objectives.
It paved the way for the establishment of just practices in the courts and it brought about a change in official attitude which made possible the social and economic betterment of the people.
He was later named a National Hero of Jamaica with the title Rt. Excellent Paul Bogle. He is depicted on the heads side of the Jamaican 10-cent coin.
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