JIS News

The newly restored birth home of national hero Sir Alexander Bustamante will be reopened and dedicated on February 24, as part of activities to mark the 123rd anniversary of his birth.
The event will also include the launch of an exhibition on the life of the national hero.
The home, located in Blenheim, Hanover, was destroyed by bushfire in March 2004 and was recently rebuilt by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), which also mounted the exhibition. The home is a national heritage site.
Representative from the JNHT, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, while addressing a planning meeting for the birthday celebrations held recently at the offices of the Hanover Parish Council, informed that in addition to the impressive permanent exhibition, the restoration project included putting in new security, water supply and sprinkler systems, while the buttery was rebuilt.
Marjorie Leydon-Vernon, Western Regional Manager for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), which organized the meeting, expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming celebration and the collaborative effort among various agencies, adding that plans were on target for a memorable affair.
“This year, the celebration is going to be extra special..the house has been restored by the JNHT and it will be a joint celebration with the JNHT this year. We are working closely to ensure that we have a great event”, she stated.
She told JIS News that residents of western Jamaica and across the island were expected to attend in the event.
Mrs. Leydon-Vernon further praised the Hanover Parish Council for its support of the activities of the parish’s cultural committee over the years, adding that several private sector agencies have also been generous in supporting the annual event in recognition of a great son of the parish.