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.

He was a ‘free coloured’ and an active nationalist whose concerns always centred on the plight of the poor. After violence broke out at the Morant Bay Court House in 1865 during a demonstration led by Paul Bogle, one of the deacons ordained by him, Gordon was arrested though there really was no evidence of his complicity. He was taken by ship from Kingston to Morant Bay, tried and hanged on October 23.

Read more about this Jamaican nationalist here.