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In commemoration of Jamaica’s 44th anniversary of Independence, the Bank of America Tower at International Place, downtown Miami, will illuminate with the black, green and gold of the Jamaican flag for four-days, beginning at dusk on Friday (August 4).
While it is customary for the 47-floor tower to be lit for special events, it is unusual for the lighting to remain throughout the weekend into Tuesday morning (August 8) and serves as a tribute to the impact of the Jamaican community in South Florida.
Built in 1987, the prestigious landmark tower, located 100 Southeast Second Street downtown Miami, houses a wide range of modern office and communications infrastructure. The office building overlooks downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay and is widely recognized for its changing palette of exterior lighting schemes, timed to coincide with holidays and significant occasions.
According to Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock, “the lighting of the tower symbolizes the pride taken by the Jamaican community in its Independent nation, but also signifies the growing impact of Jamaicans in this region, making it possible for this event to take place.”
Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Board Member for Southern United States, also expressed pride in the commemorative lighting, noting that the move signified the maturity and cultural relevance of the Jamaican community to South Florida. “Miami’s skyline will be forever linked with the Jamaican spirit,” he added.
Other activities to mark the Independence celebrations include a reception hosted by the Jamaican Consulate at the nearby Jamaica International Caf