At the monthly meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC) on March 9, Councillor Andria Dehaney-Grant proposed the establishment of a Bustamante Museum in the parish, in order to increase the number of monuments honouring Sir Alexander Bustamante, a national hero and native of Hanover who served as Jamaica’s first prime minister.
Despite the existence of a Bustamante Museum in Kingston, the councillor argued that it was unacceptable for residents and students in Hanover to have to travel so far to learn about their celebrated native son.
While a life-sized statue of Sir Alexander was recently unveiled at the Hanover Parish Library, Councillor Dehaney-Grant maintained that more monuments were needed in the parish to ensure that he had a greater presence there.
Notably, the Cacoon Primary School in Hanover, where Sir Alexander received his formative education, was recently proposed as a candidate for renaming in honour of the national hero.
The councillor supported the students’ appeal and urged the relevant authorities to make the change before Sir Alexander’s next birthday celebration.
Hanover Western’s Member of Parliament, Tamika Davis, also supported the renaming of the school and vowed to lobby the Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams, for the necessary action to be taken.
She emphasised that renaming the school after Sir Alexander Bustamante was a fitting tribute to his legacy and achievements.
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