SAM SHARPE REMEMBERED

MONTEGO BAY, May 26 (JIS):

        National Hero and leader of the 1831 Christmas Rebellion, Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe,  was honored on May 23, at a floral tribute and ceremony, held in the square named in his honor in Montego Bay.

The National Hero was among the more than 500 slaves who lost their lives for participating in Jamaica’s first organized industrial action, commonly referred to as the ‘Christmas Strike of 1831’ and ‘The Sam Sharpe Rebellion’.  He was  hanged on May 23, 1832.

Montego Bay Junior Mayor Morgan Kellier
Junior Mayor of Montego Bay, Morganne Kellier, reads the citation to National Hero, Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, at the ceremony in his honour, on Saturday, May 23, in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay

The Abolition Bill passed by the British Parliament in1834, led to the end of slavery in 1838.

Howard Deers for Custos Corrodus
Member of the St. James Lay Magistrates Association, Howard Deers, JP, representing Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Hon. Ewen Corrodus, lays a wreath in honour of the men who lost their lives in the 1831 Christmas Rebellion, at a floral tribute, held in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, on May 23

Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, who led the group of civic leaders and city officials paying tribute to the National Hero, said the occasion was more “the commemoration of the birth of the new and free Jamaica,” than memorializing Sam Sharpe’s death.

Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris
Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, who led a group of civic leaders and city officials paying tribute to National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, on May 23, in Montego Bay, said that the tribute is more “the commemoration of the birth of the new and free Jamaica,” than memorializing Sam Sharpe’s death. The ceremony was held in Sam Sharpe Square

“It is a great pleasure that we can be here commemorating the birth of free Jamaica. Most persons today take this for granted. They are either ignorant or fail to acknowledge that persons before us struggled to death to ensure that we are a free people today,” he said.

The ceremony saw five bouquets being laid in honour of the girls, boys, men, women and Mr. Sharpe who lost their lives during the rebellion.

 

Among those laying wreaths were Mayor Harris; Howard Deers, JP, on behalf of the Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Hon. Ewen Corrodus; Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock; Representative of the Combined Citizens Association, Julian Robinson and President of the Ironshore Citizens Association and Neighbourhood Benevolent Society, Shernette Annon-Rose.

Dr. Pinnock Honours The Child
Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, lays a wreath in honour of the girl slaves who were killed or lost parents in the Christmas Rebellion of 1831. The tribute came at the ceremony in honour of National Hero, Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, on May 23, in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay