JM | Aug 16, 2022

Floral tributes and civic ceremony for Marcus Garvey on August 17

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Marcus Garvey

The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is announcing two events centring on Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey, scheduled for tomorrow (August 17).

The ministry said the Paying of the Floral Tributes Ceremony, to commemorate the 135th anniversary of Garvey’s birth, takes place at National Heroes Park Wednesday morning while the annual St Ann Municipal Corporation Civic Ceremony, also marking the anniversary of his birth and at the same time celebrating the 58th anniversary of the conferral of National Hero on him, takes place in the evening at Lawrence Park in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen laying a floral tribute at the monument to National Hero Marcus Garvey.

The Paying of the Floral Tributes will be led by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen while Prime Minister Andrew Holness will pay tribute on behalf of the Government.

Dr Julius Garvey, son of the National Hero, is visiting specially to also be among those paying tribute to his father’s memory.

Others paying tribute will be Opposition Leader Mark Golding; Delroy Williams, the mayor of Kingston;
Lumka Yengeni, the dean of the Diplomatic Corps; Steven Golding, president of the United Negro Improvement Association; and Lolita Davis-Mattes, chairman of the National Council on Reparations.


Olivia Grange, the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, as is customary, will deliver remarks at the Floral Tributes Ceremony.

The St Ann Municipal Corporation has been celebrating the life of Marcus Garvey, the parish’s most famous son as they play their part in keeping his legacy alive.

This year, Grange will also be the main speaker at the civic ceremony using the Jamaica 60 theme, Re-igniting a Nation for Greatness, as the theme for the ceremony.


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