Category: National Heroes

National Heroes’ Day: Jamaica’s Super Seven






How much do you know about Jamaica’s national heroes? Do you know, for example, that there are seven: six males and one female? If you need information on what we have dubbed Jamaica’s Super Seven, here are links to help








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Prime Ministers Of Jamaica

The Prime Minister is Jamaica’s head of government, who is formally appointed into office by the Governor General, who represents Elizabeth II, Jamaica’s official Head of State. Prior to Independence in 1962, Jamaica’s head of government was known as the Premier and before

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Champs #TBT – The Manley Legacy






Many Jamaicans don’t know it, but former Chief Minister and Premier Norman Washington Manley was basically a ‘jock’ back in high school at Jamaica College. He competed in 17 events at Champs between 1910 and 1912, played football and cricket and








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Hero Profile – Paul Bogle






Little is known of Paul Bogle’s early life. As an adult he was one of the 106 St Thomas people with the right to vote. As deacon of the Native Baptist Church at Stony Gut, Bogle organised religious activities. He








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Hero Profile – Sir Alexander Bustamante






Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante, Jamaica’s first Prime Minister after the country gained independence in 1962, was born on February 24, 1884. In 1943 he founded the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), with himself as head. The first general election under Universal Adult








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Hero Profile – Sam Sharpe






  Sam Sharpe, born in the parish of St. James, and named after his master, is also a folk figure. He is known for his pivotal role in the 1831 Christmas Rebellion on the Kensington Estate ­ a rebellion credited








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Hero Profile – George William Gordon






George William Gordon (1820-1865) was born to a Scottish land owner and one of his slaves in Cherry Gardens. Mainly through his own efforts, starting with teaching himself reading, writing and accounting, he became a successful businessman and land owner.








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Hero Profile – Nanny Of The Maroons






Nanny is a folk figure­ an individual who sparked numerous stories and legends. She nimbly straddles the realms of reality and myth. In 1517, when the Spanish ruled Jamaica, the first group of Africans arrived as slaves. When the British








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Hero Profile – Norman Washington Manley






Norman Manley was born at Roxborough, Manchester, on July 4, 1893. For Manley achievement of excellence was the norm; he was a world-class high-school athlete, Rhodes Scholar, decorated World War I military hero, prize man of Gray’s Inn, acknowledged as








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Hero Profile – Marcus Garvey






Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann, on August 17, 1887. He left Jamaica in the 1900s and eventually ended up in Harlem, New York. Garvey became a leader of the Harlem Renaissance but, hounded by United








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