Labour Day Floral Tribute for Sam Sharpe

Story Highlights

  • The parish of St. James paid homage to National Hero, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, with a floral tribute and ceremony on Labour Day (May 23).
  • Sharpe was cited as the main instigator of the Christmas Rebellion of December 26, 1831.
  • During the floral tribute, five bouquets were laid in honour of Sharpe and others who lost their lives during the rebellion and its aftermath.

The parish of St. James paid homage to National Hero, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, with a floral tribute and ceremony on Labour Day (May 23).

The function, held at the monument in his honour at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, commemorated the date on which the National Hero was hanged in the town square in 1832.

Sharpe was cited as the main instigator of the Christmas Rebellion of December 26, 1831.

The rebellion, regarded as Jamaica’s first organised industrial action, is credited for the passage of the Abolition Bill in the British Parliament in 1834, which led to the Abolition of Slavery in 1838.

During the floral tribute, five bouquets were laid in honour of Sharpe and others who lost their lives during the rebellion and its aftermath.

Tributes were laid by Howard Deers, JP, representing Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Hon. Ewen Corrodus; President of the St. James chapter of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Charmaine Gillette McLellon; Dr. the Rev. Davewin Thomas of the Burchell Baptist Circuit of Churches; Montego Bay Junior Mayor, MariKay Collins; and Chairman of the St. James Culture Committee, Jasmine Tomlinson Brown.

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