Grange welcomes restoration of Bustamante Museum

Photo: Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga cut the ribbon to officially open the Bustamante Museum at 24 Tucker Avenue, St Andrew on Thursday, March 22. Also photographed is State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Honourable Fayval Williams (partially hidden).

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport, says she is “delighted” that the Bustamante Museum has been“returned to a state that is befitting of the man for whom it is named.”

The Minister’s comments were made in a message delivered on her behalf by Laleta Davis-Mattis, Chairman of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, at a ceremony to mark the Rededication of the Bustamante Museum on Thursday.

“I am amazed by the transformation that has taken place here over the last few months. It was a daunting process, but I am pleased with the results and I hope you will agree with me that it was worth the undertaking,” Minister Grange said.

The Bustamante Museum is located at 24 Tucker Avenue in St Andrew where the National Hero and Lady Bustamante resided from 1942 to 1964 until they became the first occupants of Jamaica House, which became the official residence of Prime Ministers.

The property was transferred to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust in 1990 and was declared a National Monument on April 4, 1991. The Museum, now fully restored, showcases a collection of Sir Alexander and Lady Bustamante’s memorabilia and a display narrating the long life of one of the nation’s most beloved couples.

The Minister said that the reopening of the museum “will provide an opportunity for younger Jamaicans who never had the pleasure of seeing Sir Alexander to learn about him and to be inspired by his life.” Minister Grange mandated the JNHT to ensure that the Bustamante Museum never again falls into a state of disrepair.

“The JNHT must ensure that this museum will be a long standing and sustainable endeavour. And this goes for all the national monuments associated with our National Heroes and our Prime Ministers,” Minister Grange said.

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