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St Mary residents to start process of having Tacky declared national hero

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security, Robert Montague said the people of St Mary intend to start the process of having Tacky declared a national hero as soon the Bill to absolve certain national heroes is passed in the House of Representatives.

However, the Member of Parliament for St Mary Western told Parliament this afternoon that as a start, the residents want him to be given a national honour.

Montague was making his presentation in support of the Bill “to absolve certain National Heroes, namely, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, The Right Excellent George William Gordon, The Right Excellent Paul Bogle, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, their supporters, sympathisers and participants by association, and other freedom fighters, from criminal liability arising from participation in the 1760 Tacky or St Mary Rebellion, the 1831 to 1832 Christmas Rebellion, the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion and the 1929 campaign of the People's Political Party, respectively, and to provide for connected matters”.

“It is because Tacky and our heroes fought, why today the people of Jamaica have the vested authority to elect a parliamentary representative, because they fought, we can stand here today and advocate for the rights of the people, because they fought, we have been able to conceptualise and organise to achieve developed nation status by 2030,” Montague said.

The minister also said “We owe it to the legacy of our heroes and to our children, the future generation, to reorient ourselves to the common language of respect for each other, as this is necessary if we are to create a prosperous future”.

Meanwhile, Montague called on the universities to write the history of Tacky from a Caribbean perspective.

In his presentation, he challenged records, which indicate that Tacky's head was taken to Spanish Town and displayed on a pole.

“I challenge our historians to uncover the truth about the life and death of Chief Tacky,” he said, adding: “Today we are righting the wrong. In doing this we are saying to future generations that our great forefathers did what was necessary, right and true, we are teaching our children to have the same resilience to fight for what is right, we are saying to our great grandchildren to cost it what it will. This is what it means to be a true hero.”

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