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Sisters in St. Ann Receive Houses to Make Way for Garvey’s Museum

By: , December 20, 2022
Sisters in St. Ann Receive Houses to Make Way for Garvey’s Museum
Photo: Rudranath Fraser
Sisters, Jacinth (left) and Carla Johnson (right) show off the keys to their new homes in Seville Heights, St Ann, that were officially handed over to them by Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, on Monday (December 19), under the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP).
Sisters in St. Ann Receive Houses to Make Way for Garvey’s Museum
Photo: Rudranath Fraser
Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness (fifth left), cuts the ribbon to officially hand over a two-bedroom unit in Seville Heights, St. Ann, to New Social Housing Programme (NSHP) beneficiary, Jacinth Johnson (third left), on Monday (December 19). Also sharing the moment (from left) are Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Deputy Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Councillor Dallas Dickenson; Member of Parliament for St. Ann North East and Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon Marsha Smith, and Chair, HOPE Project Oversight Committee, Judith Robb-Walters.
Sisters in St. Ann Receive Houses to Make Way for Garvey’s Museum
Photo: Rudranath Fraser
Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness (left) and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right), console Carla Johnson (centre) who was overcome with emotion after entering her new two-bedroom house, constructed under the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP) in Seville Heights, St. Ann. The unit was handed over to Ms. Johnson during a ceremony held on Monday (December 19).

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Sisters, Jacinth and Carla Johnson were overcome with emotion when they received the keys to their new houses in Seville Heights, St. Ann, from Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, just in time for Christmas.

Mr. Holness officially handed over the two-bedroom units to the sisters, following a ceremony on Monday, December 19.

The houses, each constructed at a cost of approximately $8 million, were provided under the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP), in collaboration with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), to facilitate the relocation of the Johnson sisters, who

occupied the boyhood home of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann.

The move paves the way for the construction of the museum in honour of Jamaica’s first National Hero.

Giving the keynote address, the Prime Minister said that while the housing developments did not fit all the standard criteria under the NSHP, special arrangements were made to have the units constructed as a project of national interest.

Mr. Holness underscored that Marcus Garvey’s philosophy, work and fight for equality helped pave the way for the liberation of an entire race worldwide, and in that regard his legacy deserved to be monumentalised.

“In any other country, a figure like Marcus Garvey, whose work, philosophy and leadership contributed significantly to the liberation of an entire race of people, his boyhood home would be a Mecca, a place where people from all over the world, particularly people of African descent, would come to see where it is that he drank water, mixed with the people, had the culture infused and the life experiences from which he was able to generate with great eloquence and clarity of thought,” he said.

The Prime Minister urged Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, to ensure that the museum will be “a first-class museum that reflects his (Garvey’s) vision [and] world outlook”.

For her part, Minister Grange said with the relocation of the occupants of Garvey’s boyhood home, the Government will now take full possession of the property.

“This has been made possible because of the cooperation of two of the Johnson sisters. Today, we can celebrate with them as they, as part of the process, are able to own their own home,” Ms. Grange said.

She thanked the Prime Minister for his commitment to providing social housing under the NSHP and his tremendous leadership of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

An overjoyed Jacinth Johnson expressed gratitude to the Government for making her dream of owning a house a reality.

Carla, who cried tears of joy as she stepped into her new house, said she was grateful to finally have a place to call her own.

Last Updated: December 20, 2022

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