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  • The parish of St. James paid homage to National Hero, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, with a floral tribute on Labour Day, May 23.
  • The event, held at the monument in his honour at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, commemorated the date on which the National Hero was hanged in the town square in 1832.
  • Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, said that the event sends a clear message that Jamaica will continue to push for equality for its people and that the nation remains unified and strong.

The parish of St. James paid homage to National Hero, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, with a floral tribute on Labour Day, May 23.

The event, held at the monument in his honour at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, commemorated the date on which the National Hero was hanged in the town square in 1832.

Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, said that the event sends a clear message that Jamaica will continue to push for equality for its people and that the nation remains unified and strong.

“Labour Day 2019 and this tribute to Sam Sharpe bring into sharp focus the efforts of our present-day leaders as we continue to fight to bring closure and justice for Jamaica and Jamaicans, in relation to our ancestors being victims of colonialism and slavery,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Mayor said the process has started for the 10-foot freedom monument erected at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre to be relocated to a more central area at Sam Sharpe Square, so that it can be more accessible to the public.

He noted that the freedom monument “bears the names of a number of our forefathers who paid the ultimate price for our freedom” and its relocation will “give it the pride of place that it deserves”.

Floral tributes were laid by Mayor Davis; Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin; Chief of the Accompong Town Maroons, Colonel Ferron Williams, representative of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Charmaine Gillette-McLellan; and representative of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Dr. Lois Hector.