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Marketing and Communications Manager at the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Richard Kildare, has assured that the Trust will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that more is done to highlight the life and work of National Hero, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, in the parish of his birth, St. Ann.
“Last year, the Government of Jamaica instructed the JNHT to move for the compulsory acquisition of 32 Market Street, the boyhood home of Marcus Garvey. We have been taking steps to accede with this directive with the help of the National Land Agency. A Consultative Committee of stakeholders was formed. We have deliberated and are now concluding on a design of 32 Marcus Garvey Way,” Mr. Kildare said.
He was speaking on behalf of JNHT’s Executive Director, Laleta Mattis, at a ceremony, held at Lawrence Park in St. Ann’s Bay, on August 17, to commemorate the 123rd anniversary of the birth of the National Hero. The event was hosted by the Civic Affairs Committee of the St. Ann Parish Council.
“The Consultative Committee is in agreement with finalising research on the boyhood life of Garvey, which will inform the exhibit for the site; rebuilding a replica of the structure that resembles the house in which Marcus Garvey grew up, and designing a Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, inclusive of a museum site,” he said.
Other issues agreed on by the Committee include the formation of linkages between the St. Ann’s Bay sites associated with Garvey, a sculpture park and a memorial wall or mural where the story would focus on the boy Garvey, who became a man.
He urged residents of St. Ann and Garveyites to support the JNHT’s plans and partner with them as they continue their mandate to protect and preserve the nation’s heritage.
Marcus Garvey was born in St. Ann’s Bay, on August 17, 1887. In the year 1914 he started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in Jamaica. The UNIA, which grew into an international organisation, encouraged self-government for black people worldwide; self-help economic projects and protest against racial discrimination.
He died in England in 1940. His body was embalmed and brought back to Jamaica in 1964 and buried in National Heroes Park, in Kingston.
A life size statue of Marcus Garvey has been erected on the grounds of the
St. Ann’s Bay Parish Library. In addition to several other honours, a secondary school, a housing development and a major highway, are named after him.
In 1978, a bust of Garvey was unveiled at Apex Park in Kingston to commemorate the 91st anniversary of his birth. Currently, his image appears on the $20 and 25 cent coins.

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