Heritage Foundation wants St Ann's Bay Square renamed after national hero

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter

Monday, May 12, 2014    

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If the St Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation has its way, a section of St Ann's Bay could be renamed the Marcus Garvey Square as part of its 10th anniversary celebration.

Chairman of the foundation Lance Neita said the intention is to move a motion for the square to be named in honour of the national hero.

This, he said, would not only serve to honour Garvey but would create a facelift and economic boost for the town.

Neita made the announcement last Tuesday during a tour of several of the parish's historic sites.

Participating in the tour was Custos of St Ann Norma Walters.

"We intend to move a motion to have the St Ann's Bay Square in the vicinity of the police station (renamed) the Marcus Garvey Square," Neita told persons embarking on the heritage tour.

Many have often complained that the town is not given enough attention. However, before the naming of the square, Neita said there is a lot of work which would be needed in the town.

This includes getting business owners to paint their properties.

The establishment of the square, it is hoped, will motivate business owners to give their premises a facelift which would in turn improve the appearance of the town.

Tuesday's tour, Neita said, is the beginning of great things to come in the parish.

"Members of the foundation have decided that it is not enough to just sit and talk about heritage and preservation of historical sites, but to actually look at them," Neita said.

The Seville Great House, Seville National Museum and birthplace of the Honourable Marcus Garvey were among the places visited by the group.

The first stop was the St Ann's Bay Library where persons were able to tour the Marcus Garvey Information Centre which was established through the foundation. Persons were also able to acquire information about the national hero as well as to view his statue.

The foundation also intends to raise awareness about the heritage sites among both Jamaicans and visitors.

Neita said the foundation wants to encourage Jamaicans living overseas to visit these locations when they are back on the island.

"We want them to visit not just the beach, but the villages and the homes and historical and heritage sites," he said.





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