Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | October 13, 2009
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Minister Grange aims to revitalise Jamaica's heritage

Prime Minister Bruce Golding (centre) and Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, minister of youth, sports and culture, speak to Nigerian High Commis-sioner P.L. Oyedele during last year's Heritage Week celebrations at Seville Heritage Park, St Ann. - Roger Robinson/Freelance Photographer

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has committed to a series of activities geared towards the revitalisation of National Heritage Week.

The activities, which kick-started on Sunday, will continue to October 19, the date which will be celebrated as National Heroes Day.

The final day of celebrations will include the National Honours ceremony on the lawns of King's House, a Heroes Day civic ceremony in all parish capitals and the National Heroes Day salute at National Heroes Park.

This year's celebrations fall under the theme 'Believe in Jamaica: Embracing our Heritage', and Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, says the main aim this year is the preservation of our emphasis on national pride and patriotism among the Jamaican people, especially the youth.

Grange is encouraging Jamaicans to visit a site in their parish in honour of Heritage Week, and noted that every location will have personnel to provide guided tours.

Schedule of proposed sites to be visited


St Peter's Church (Alley)

Monymusk Library

Halse Hall Great House

Portland Point Lighthouse



Mandeville Courthouse

St Mark's Anglican Church

St Elizabeth

Black River


Lover's Leap


Seaford Town

Cast Iron Fountain

Savanna-la-Mar Baptist Church


Tryall Great House


Fort Charlotte

St James

Old Slave Ring

Sam Sharp Square

Greenwood Great House

Rose Hall Great House



Good Hope Great House

Stewart Castle

Rio Bueno

St Ann

Seville Heritage Park

Sturge Town

Marcus Garvey Library

Nine Miles

Columbus Park

St Mary

Rio Nuevo

Tacky Falls

Fort Haldane

Castleton Botanical Gardens


Titchfield Hill

Nanny Town

Moore Town

Port Antonio Courthouse

St Thomas

Morant Bay Courthouse

Stony Gut

Bath Mineral Spa

Stokes Hall Great House

St Catherine

Emancipation Square

Iron Bridge

Colbeck Castle

2 Sisters Cave


Kingston and St Andrew

Port Royal

Bustamante Museum

Liberty Hall

Devon House

St William Grant Park

Trench Town Culture Yard

Fort Charles

Heroes Park

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