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  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness; representatives of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), as well as family members of Miss Lou, will be among the officials in attendance.
  • Mr. Salmon said that the renaming of Gordon Town Square is one of the many activities planned to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the birth of the cultural icon under the theme: ‘Miss Lou 100’.
  • Mr. Salmon said that the celebratory activities, to be held in Jamaica and across the Diaspora, are being spearheaded by the Ministry in partnership with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office and the Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI); among other stakeholders.

Gordon Town Square in St. Andrew will be renamed in honour of late cultural icon the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley, at a special ceremony in the square on Sunday (Sept. 8), beginning at 5:00 pm.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the event.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness; representatives of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), as well as family members of Miss Lou, will be among the officials in attendance.

Born on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou passed away on July 26, 2006 in Canada and was buried at National Heroes Park in a section reserved for cultural icons.

Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Friday (Sept. 6), Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Lenford Salmon, said that work at the square began last year when the KSAMC partnered with the Ministry to erect a statue of Miss Lou.

The statue, done by noted sculptor Basil Watson, was unveiled by Prime Minister Holness on September 7, 2018.

Mr. Salmon said that the renaming of Gordon Town Square is one of the many activities planned to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the birth of the cultural icon under the theme: ‘Miss Lou 100’.

“Symbolically, we are going to be having 100 days of observances, which started on September 1 with a church service at the Coke Methodist Church, East Parade in Kingston, which held a special place for Miss Lou,” he said.

It was at the church that Miss Lou, at age of 17, made her first public appearance, reciting a Jamaican dialect poem she had written.

Mr. Salmon said that the celebratory activities, to be held in Jamaica and across the Diaspora, are being spearheaded by the Ministry in partnership with the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office and the Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI); among other stakeholders.

Persons can view the calendar of events on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) website at www.jcdc.gov.jm.