KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Government is embarking on a project to restore and maintain the birthplaces of Jamaica’s National Heroes and prime ministers, according to Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill.
McNeill made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.
According to McNeill the project was undertaken “to protect our heritage and show respect to our national heroes”.
As part of the project, a permanent exhibition will be opened at Roxborough in Manchester on Thursday July 4, to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, Norman Manley, McNeill said.
He said that major work is also slated for Devon House, in St Andrew, the Milk River Bath and Spa in Clarendon and Bath in St Thomas.
At the same time, McNeill said that the Government will also be undertaking a project to upgrade several public beaches across the island.
“We have embarked on a process to identify those beaches that will be designated as public beaches and sea parks,” he said.
The beaches selected for upgrading are Burwood in Trelawny; Orchard and Bull Head in Hanover; Providence in Montego Bay; and the Norman Manley Sea Park in Negril.