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  • The Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the St Thomas 150th Planning Committee to host the 150th Anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, this Sunday, October 11, 2015.
  • Hundreds of residents from communities in St Thomas are expected to participate in the Paul Bogle and Martyrs March from Stony Gut, birth place of National Hero, the Right Excellent Paul Bogle, at 6:30 am.
  • The March ends in the Morant Bay Square at 8 am.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the St Thomas 150th Planning Committee to host the 150th Anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, this Sunday, October 11, 2015.

Hundreds of residents from communities in St Thomas are expected to participate in the Paul Bogle and Martyrs March from Stony Gut, birth place of National Hero, the Right Excellent Paul Bogle, at 6:30 am. The March ends in the Morant Bay Square at 8 am.

Minister with responsibility for Culture, Honourable Lisa Hanna, says that the observance is an opportunity for the entire Jamaica to pay homage to the Right Excellent Paul Bogle and the unsung heroes who fought alongside him.

“It is important that we honour the memories of these martyrs who paid the ultimate price, making way for us to enjoy certain privileges today. It is only fitting to remember October 11, 1865 as the time when free blacks decided it was better to fight for justice and a better life, for their children even if they did not live to benefit directly from it. The Uprising was a significant moment in the history of St Thomas, Jamaica and the Caribbean,” the Minister said.

A civic ceremony which follows the walk is scheduled to begin at 10 am. Among the highlights of the ceremony will be the reading of over 400 hundred names of individuals who lost their lives during that time in our history. The names of all the martyrs will be presented by school children from across the parish.

A wreath laying exercise will also be a main feature of the Civic Ceremony. The public can look forward to a stimulating and thought provoking lecture under the theme, ‘150 Years in Perspective’ presented by Historian and Lecturer, Dr Clinton Hutton.

As a continuation of the year long activities to mark the Morant Bay Rebellion observance, an enactment of the trial of Governor Eyre will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Morant Bay, while the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, an entity of the Institute of Jamaica will host a symposium titled, ‘War Dung a Monkland!: the Morant Bay Rebellion and its Aftermath’ on October 29. The 11th Annual Paul Bogle and Martyrs Lecture is also scheduled to take place on October 29 at the Morant Bay Villas in Morant Bay. A 150th Awards Banquet and dinner will officially close the year of activities on November 28.

Minister Hanna notes that all the events in observance of the Morant Bay Rebellion, each in their own right, provides an opportunity for Jamaicans to reflect on the bravery and acts of selflessness of our ancestors who changed the history of Jamaica and are the foremothers and forefathers of the Jamaica we know today.

Minister Hanna lauded the continued commitment and efforts of the St Thomas 150th Planning Committee, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the Afrikan Heritage Development Association and the Social Development Commission and other key stakeholders for their involvement in acknowledging the sacrifices of the people who lost their lives in the Morant Bay Uprising.

“I am heartened by the vision of the hardworking teams who continue to make the commemoration a memorable occasion, year after year,” she said.