Denny renews call for expanded list of National Heroes

A renewed call has been made for two more names to be added to the current list of national heroes.

It has come from General Secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration  (CMPI) David Denny, who contends that the accomplishments of trade unionist Israel Lovell and senior slave Nanny Grigg, who assisted in the 1816 rebellion, have not been adequately recognized.

Reiterating his 2012 position at the CMPI’s Labour Day programme at Golden Square, The City, this morning, Denny lamented the fact that his calls for the pair’s induction as heroes, continue to be ignored.

“I really don’t see any reason why Israel Lovell and Nanny Grigg should not be national heroes. I am not criticizing the other names which others have suggested, but all I am saying is that it is about time for these two to be properly recognized,” he said.

“When you get to know more about Israel Lovell, you would find out he was that trade union leader and follower of Marcus Garvey, who would have led most of the working class struggles and who would have held most of his public meetings right here at this square [Golden Square]. So Clement Payne and Israel Lovell and others used this square as the area to mobilize and organize the working class in the 1937 period,” noted the social activist.

Members of the United Nuapian Nation – Nafurtet Ra (centre), Afafnith Maat (right) and Cynthia Iniss Grazzette – place flowers at the bust of Clement Payne while General Secretary for the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration (CMPI) David Denny, looks on


While the historical annals do not greatly detail the exploits of Nanny Grigg, she was said to be one of the senior slaves who helped to plan the Bussa Rebellion of 1816, which earned its main architect, Bussa, the distinction of national hero.

Israel Lovell on the other hand was best known for his active participation in the social revolution of 1937. He was credited as one of the leaders of the struggle, which created the conditions for others to participate.

Back in 2014, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley said the list of National Heroes was by no means “exhaustive”.  At the time Lashley was addressing the launch of the Season of Emancipation when he revealed that he had heard the calls “in between” that the list, which now stands at ten should be expanded, but there was no clamour for it.

“We will listen to those calls and evolve a structured framework upon which, perhaps, that can be looked at and discussed . . . We should always feel as a nation, that we’ll always have new heroes. I don’t believe that the list of National Heroes is a closed list,” Lashley had said.


4 Responses to Denny renews call for expanded list of National Heroes

  1. Greengiant May 1, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    This is your opportunity to educated this generation of the masses about the contribution made by these and others.

    There was never enough dialog on the selection of national heros in the first place. We should have a system in place to add heroes to the list. However, this heros day, emancipation day and some of the commissions formed in our country was purely allowed for political mileage.

    • Jennifer May 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      @Greengiant – we should have a list to add heros and also subtract.
      Take out Bussa and Payne as Freedom fighters for this people. The rest of those SO CALLED heroes are national heroes but to WHOM????? Don’t cuss just REMOVE you all 5D GLASSES AND LOOK CAREFULLY.

  2. Peter May 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Sorry folks. You’re out of heroes. but full of ZEROs.

  3. Mark My Word May 2, 2017 at 1:15 am

    “I really don’t see any reason why Israel Lovell and Nanny Grigg should be national heroes.


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