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  • All museums, including the one in Fort Charles, Port Royal will be opened to the public free of cost during the Heroes weekend from Saturday, Oct. 19, to National Heroes Day on Monday, Oct. 21.
  • Minister Hanna said the cultural programme, which includes the promotion of Jamaica’s museums and historical sites was launched “so that young people can have the knowledge they need to become better citizens of our country.”
  • She informed that an exhibition on “Rastafari,” one of Jamaica’s dynamic cultures is ongoing at the National Museum.

All museums, including the one in Fort Charles, Port Royal will be opened to the public free of cost during the Heroes weekend from Saturday, October 19, to National Heroes Day on Monday, October 21.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, made the announcement on Sunday, October 13, at the National Heritage Week Thanksgiving Service held at the Power of Faith Deliverance Ministries in Clarendon.

The initiative is part of a cultural transformation programme, being undertaken by the Ministry, aimed at helping young people to get a better understanding of Jamaica’s heritage.

Minister Hanna said the cultural programme, which includes the promotion of Jamaica’s museums and historical sites was launched “so that young people can have the knowledge they need to become better citizens of our country.”

“The idea is to use the knowledge of our history to cause our people, particularly our young people, to rediscover our ancestral pedigree and rise above our challenges and situations and advance the age old cause of redemption of our people. We owe it to our ancestors to do this,” she stated.

She informed the congregation that three museums were opened this year, the Norman Manley museum in Roxborough, Manchester; another at the Seville Great House in St. Ann; and the National Museum at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston.

She informed that an exhibition on “Rastafari,” one of Jamaica’s dynamic cultures is ongoing at the National Museum.

The Minister invited Jamaican families to use the heritage period to visit the museums and “bask in the knowledge of our past with their children.”

“This is what we promote for National Heritage Week 2013, that families will have picnics and just take walks or simply drive by sites of memory and rediscover the great story of our history,” she said.

She informed that there are plans to restore the birthplaces of the country’s National Heroes through funds from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

At the service, lessons were read by the Minister of Local Government, Hon. Noel Arscott, who represented the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Pearnel Charles representing the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness. Guest preacher was President of the Jamaica Council of Churches, Reverend Everald Galbraith.

There were musical items from the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Chamber Ensemble; 2013 Jamaica Gospel song winner, Howard Brown; and runner-up in the 2013 Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song competition, Nigel Hector.

The church service was organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, through the Committee for the Promotion of National Religious Services.