Kingston, 3 September 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed disappointment at the lack of maintenance of the statue of National Hero, the Right Excellent Norman Manley at St William Grant Park.
Minister Grange has given instructions to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to immediately begin conservation work on the statue and that the process must begin on Tuesday (tomorrow).
The Manley statue, as well as the Bustamante statue, were scheduled to be conserved at the same time. However, work on the Manley statue was delayed because someone had painted the sculpture and it therefore required a different and longer process of preservation and repair, which includes paint removal.
Minister Grange has expressed her displeasure that it took the JNHT several months to re-schedule the conservation of the Manley statue. She has instructed the agency to prioritise the conservation of monuments of our National Heroes to ensure that they are always in the best possible condition.
Kingston, 20 August 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has revealed that the Government is to offer houses and cash to the owners/occupants of the Marcus Garvey boyhood home in St Ann’s Bay, St Ann.
Minister Grange made the revelation in the wake of concerns that the Government would be evicting the residents from 32 Market Street now that it has executed compulsory acquisition of the property to begin establishment of the proposed living history museum in honour of the National Hero.
Minister Grange said:
“I assure the families there, and the rest of Jamaica, that we will not be moving them off the property and leaving them without making other arrangements for them to live in a comfortable way.”
The Minister also revealed that the Government has been proposing alternative accommodations to the occupants since 2011 when the former Prime Minister, Mr Bruce Golding, broke ground for the construction of the living history museum in tribute to Marcus Garvey at the site.
Minister Grange said:
“In 2011 a valuation was done on the property, and based on that valuation funds were identified [to purchase the property]. At that time, there were no owners. Subsequently, persons were able to get their names on the title — those are the individuals who have been living there.
“We have offered [the occupants] other accommodations. We have worked with the Housing Agency of Jamaica to identify, on more than one occasion, accommodation for them. Persons living there have made demands and we have not considered some of those demands to be reasonable.”
Minister Grange said the compulsory acquisition of the property follows years of negotiation with the occupants to clear the way for the project which has been stalled since 2011.
“We will relocate the families; and we will work with them to ensure that where they are relocated to, they will be comfortable. But it cannot continue like this; we must act,” said the Culture Minister who added that “the house is deteriorating, the conditions are not good, and it is bad for the image of Marcus Garvey and Jamaica to have the property deteriorate [instead of moving to start the development].”
Minister Grange said she had been working with the Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, the Honourable Shahine Robinson, to find a suitable solution:
“The MP has identified two properties — a three bedroom and a two bedroom — and so will be making the offer [of the two properties] to the families. So they will be getting properties in exchange [for the Garvey home] and also the funds that have been set aside to pay for Garvey’s boyhood home.
I think we’re being more than reasonable.”
Kingston, 17 August 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Government of Jamaica has executed compulsory acquisition of the boyhood home of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey in St Ann’s Bay.
In her address at the annual UNIA Marcus Garvey Awards this (Friday) evening — on the 131st anniversary of the National Hero’s birth — Minister Grange said the Commissioner of Lands has been given ministerial direction to take possession of the property.
Minister Grange said this development “clears the way for the establishment of the proposed living history museum in honour of the National Hero.”
The property, located at 32 Market Street in St Ann, has long been earmarked as the site for the Garvey Museum. The former Prime Minister, Mr Bruce Golding, broke ground for the construction of the museum in 2011. However, construction has been delayed as the Government negotiated with the occupants (now owners) of the property and has been assisting them to find alternative accommodations.
Minister Grange said it was time to get on with the project:
“For many years, we have been talking among each other, researching current ownership and announcing every year our intention to take over that home and convert it into a museum and centre for reflection on the works of our Hero. We have talked for a long time. We have negotiated for a long time. Now it’s time for action. We have acted through the governance process of compulsory acquisition to take over that location and start the work to convert it into the haven it must be in the Garden Parish of St. Ann.”
Minister Grange says that in keeping with the commitment given by the former Prime Minister to assist the occupants to find alternative accommodations, the Government will be taking action to relocate them to property that has been identified.
“I have been working closely with the Member of Parliament and the Housing Agency of Jamaica to finalise the relocation. We are showing goodwill and I anticipate full co-operation as we move ahead with establishing this important national monument,” said Minister Grange.
The technical designs have been completed and funding sourced for the construction of the museum. Minister Grange has instructed the Jamaica National Heritage Trust — which is leading the development of the museum — to “move swiftly to take possession of the property, acquire all outstanding approvals and to begin construction before the end of the year.”
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport, says she is “delighted” that the Bustamante Museum has been “returned to a state that is befitting of the man for whom it is named.”
Kingston, February 22 - Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange is bemoaning the destruction of the St. Ann’s Bay Methodist Church, in St. Ann that went up in flames early Tuesday morning.
History was made in the Jamaican Parliament today, when the Senate approved the Bill shortly entitled, 'The National Heroes and other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Acts) Act, 2017'.
Ministry Prepares for National Sport Museum with Textile Conservation and Preservation Workshop Kingston, January 17
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says the Ministry’s two-day workshop on Textile Conservation and Preservation which opened today at the Knutsford Court Hotel is part of the preparations for the establishment of the National Sport Museum.
Kingston, January 8, 2017 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says her Ministry will be expanding its Economic Opportunities Workshop programme to include the Maroon community of Accompong.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said that thirty-one natural and cultural world heritage sites across 29 countries are vulnerable to a range of climate change related impacts.
The National Gallery of Jamaica has received the sad news of the passing of Dr the Hon. David Boxer, O.J., one of the Caribbean region’s most eminent and influential art scholars, artists and art collectors. Dr Boxer served the National Gallery for some thirty-seven years, first as Director/Curator and from 1991 to 2013 as Chief Curator.
As she unveiled the Gateway sign leading to Jamaica’s first World Heritage site, the Blue and John Crow Mountains this morning, the Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, promised to do more in the coming months to assist the parish of St. Thomas to earn more from its cultural assets.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced an expansion of the Culture Passport programme which enables holders to access some of Jamaica’s prominent heritage sites and cultural events free of charge or at a reduced cost.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says although Jamaica’s term on the World Heritage Committee is coming to an end, “Jamaica will continue to lobby for Small Island Developing States on matters relating to World Heritage.”
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for gifts that were handed over to the Institute of Jamaica.