JIS News

Executive Director of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Mrs. Laleta Davis-Mattis, is encouraging Jamaicans to learn more about their history and culture by visiting heritage sites in their parish.
Mrs. Davis-Mattis was speaking at the JIS weekly Think Tank held yesterday (October 14) at the agency’s head office on Half-Way-Tree Road.
She said the main focus for Heritage Week is to encourage citizens to visit the more than 54 heritage sites and monuments located across the island.
Calling on Jamaicans to help to preserve and protect the heritage sites and monuments, Mrs. Davis-Mattis noted that, “they are a part of us; they are not just a part of our ancestors so we are asking Jamaicans to protect them.”
In the meantime, she said that the JNHT is willing to assess any significant structure or site identified by residents in their communities.
“Look around in your community. Is there anything in your community that you see that you will really like to have designated as a national monument in Jamaica? Let the JNHT assess it,” she urged.
The Executive Director informed that the JNHT is in the process of exploring at what stage a modern building could be declared a national monument, adding that most of the structures that are monuments are from centuries ago.
“So, the work is ongoing and it is very dynamic and we need help and we encourage people,” she said.
She invited students, who are studying archaeology to apply for internships at the JNHT to assist the work of the organisation in this area.
“We have a lot of work to do. It is extremely challenging because we need to empower ourselves in terms of earning and that is why the thrust on site development is so important to us,” she said.
National Heritage Week is being celebrated from Sunday, October 11 to Monday, October 19 under the theme: ‘Believe in Jamaica: Embracing our Heritage’.
The list of heritage sites and monuments across the island are available on the JNHT’s website: www.jnht.com.

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