places in jamaica named after our national heroes?
QUESTION: Do you know places in Jamaica named after our national heroes? eg. Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay after Sam Sharpe?
ANSWER: by Wellesley Gayle
Thanks for asking!
I recognize that you are from home (Jamaica) as well - great!
I know some right off the top of my head, but I had to do a bit more digging on others. Anyway, I got some for you, a dozen of them in fact!
- Gordon House is named after the Rt. Excellent George William Gordon. He was born in the parish of St. Andrew and his picture appears on the ten-dollar coin.
- Edna Manley's statue of the Rt. Excellent Paul Bogle stands in front of the Morant Bay Courthouse in St. Thomas. He was born in the parish of St. Thomas and his picture appears on the ten-cent coin."
- Manley Boulevard in Negril was named after the Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley, Jamaica's first premiere who played a crucial role in the foundation of Jamaica's political framework. He was born in the parish of Manchester and his picture appears on the five-dollar coin.
- Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston honors the Rt. Excellent Sir William Alexander Bustamante, the first prime minister of Jamaica. He was born in the parish of Hanover and his picture appears on the one-dollar coin.
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- The Sam Sharpe Square located in Montego Bay is named after the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, a national hero who played a pivotal role in the fight against slavery and led the 1831 Slave Rebellion which contributed to the abolition of slavery. He was born in the parish of St. James and his picture appears on the fifty-cent coin.
- The Nanny Town Heritage Route in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park commemorates the Rt. Excellent Nanny of the Maroons, a well-known leader of the Jamaican Maroons in the 18th century. She hails originally from West Africa and her picture appears on the five hundred-dollar bill.
- Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston is named after the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a national hero famed for his Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). He was born in the parish of St. Ann here in Jamaica.
- Norman Manley International Airport, located in Kingston, and the Law School at UWI are named in honor of the Rt. Excellent Norman Washington Manley, one of Jamaica's founding fathers and a key figure in the struggle for self-government. He was born in the parish of Manchester. He is buried at National Heroes Park.
- The Marcus Garvey Technical High School, situated in St. Ann, is dedicated to the memory of the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a visionary leader and proponent of black empowerment. He was born in St. Ann's Bay, and his legacy continues to inspire many. His portrait is featured on the twenty-dollar coin.
- The Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, is named after the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe. This square is a tribute to his role in the 1831 Christmas Rebellion, and his image can be seen on the two-hundred-dollar coin.
- Bustamante Highway and Port Bustamante are named after the Rt. Excellent Sir William Alexander Bustamante. He was born in the parish of Hanover. He is buried at National Heroes Park. And finally,
- Sam Sharpe Teachers College, located in Granville, St. James, is dedicated to the memory of the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe. This college plays a crucial role in educating future educators, and it serves as a testament to Sam Sharpe's legacy. His heroism during the 1831 Christmas Rebellion continues to inspire.
I hope that helps.
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References:The Jamaica Gleaner - Pieces of the Pastdd October 15, 2001