Jamaicans to observe 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay uprising on Oct 11

Hundreds of residents from communities in St Thomas are expected to participate in the Paul Bogle and Martyrs March from Stony Gut, the birth place of National Hero Paul Bogle, at 6:30 am. The march will end in the Morant Bay Square at 8:00 am.

Minister with responsibility for culture Lisa Hanna said that the observance is an opportunity for the entire Jamaica to pay homage to Bogle and the unsung heroes who fought alongside him.

“It is important that we honour the memories of these martyrs who paid the ultimate price, making way for us to enjoy certain privileges today. It is only fitting to remember October 11, 1865 as the time when free blacks decided it was better to fight for justice and a better life, for their children, even if they did not live to benefit directly from it. The Uprising was a significant moment in the history of St Thomas, Jamaica and the Caribbean,” the minister said.

A civic ceremony which follows the walk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am. Among the highlights of the ceremony will be the reading of more than 400 names of individuals who lost their lives during that time in our history. The names of all the martyrs will be presented by school children from across the parish.

The laying of wreath will also be among the main feature of the civic ceremony, while the public can look forward to a stimulating and thought-provoking lecture under the theme, ‘150 Years in Perspective’ presented by historian and lecturer, Dr Clinton Hutton.

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