According to Olivia Grange, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the centre being constructed on 32 Marcus Garvey Way in St Ann’s Bay will be completed during this year of Jamaica’s 60th independence.
Grange stated that she is elated that the envisioned ‘Garvey Museum’ of 2011 “is about to become a reality within the legacy of Jamaica 60.” She was speaking at the 135-anniversary civic ceremony that symbolizes Garvey’s birth and his 58 years as a national hero. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, August 17 at Lawrence Park, St. Ann’s Bay.
The purpose of the museum is to capture and protect Garvey’s legacy through its establishment and feature all aspects of his life. Minister Grange went on to say that the museum should be a space capable of being entered both virtually and physically, which will allow Jamaican adults and children (local and abroad) to study Garvey’s excellence and become “more conscious of their ancestral pedigree and heritage.”
She also communicated that the three new houses being built on the Seville Heritage Park property in St Ann are almost finished. This is because the family that lived where the museum is now being constructed had to be relocated. Two of the three houses are complete. The houses, which are being built under the New Social Housing Programme, will soon be handed over by Prime minister Andrew Holness.
The ceremony was hosted by the Municipal Corporation in St. Ann, and a floral tribute was made by Grange, Councillor Sydney Stewart, Dr. Julius Garvey (Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and son of the late hero) and other Political representatives of the parish. This was done at the foot of the life-sized statue located at the front of the St. Ann’s Bay Parish Library.