JAMAICA – Garvey’s home to be heritage site
KINGSTON –– The childhood home of Marcus Garvey is to be refurbished and transformed into a heritage site.
Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, who made the announcement, says government wants to create a place for people to visit and pay tribute to the “outstanding Jamaican” and the country’s first national hero.
“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,” stated a message from Hanna, read at a ceremony to commemorate Garvey’s 128th birthday on Monday.
“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.”
The property on which the house is located in St Ann’s Bay, was declared a protected site in 1992.
Garvey was a black nationalist who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica in 1914 before expanding it to New York.
He created a “Back To Africa” movement in the United States and became an inspirational figure for later civil rights activists.