Marcus Garvey's childhood home to be named heritage site

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marcus-garvey-photo-2.jpgThe house in which National Hero Marcus Garvey grew up, in St. Ann's Bay, St. Ann, will be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site.

This was confirmed by Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth & Culture Minister, during a ceremony to commemorate the 128th birthday of Garvey, Jamaica's first National Hero, held on the compound of the St. Ann Parish Library, in St. Ann's Bay, on Monday, August 17.

Read by Councillor Ian Bell of the Beecher Town Division of the St. Ann Parish Council, the message noted that the property on which the house is located, was declared a protected site in 1992, as the Government moved to ensure that the legacy and history of Marcus Garvey was preserved.

"The Ministry of Youth and Culture remains committed to preserving the legacy of this outstanding Jamaican, as we are ready to start plans to refurbish the house of Jamaica's first National Hero and transforming it into a heritage site," Miss Hanna said.

"We want to create an environment where Jamaicans at home and abroad can visit and pay tribute to a man who left a great legacy. It was he who said that 'a people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots'. Let us continue to embrace our rich cultural heritage and pass on the memories and traditions to the next generation," she added.

Miss Hanna said the celebration of Marcus Garvey's 128th birthday and the 51st year of him being named a National Hero presents an opportunity for the sharing of cultural heritage among the youth.