Sunday 21 April, 2019

Miss Lou statue to be unveiled in Gordon Town

Louise Bennett-Coverley

Louise Bennett-Coverley

All is in place for the unveiling of the statue to honour the late Jamaican cultural icon, Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately known as 'Miss Lou'.

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that the statue will be mounted in Gordon Town, St Andrew where Miss Lou lived before moving to Toronto, Canada.

Grange said she's “happy to see this project finally coming to fruition.”

The statue, done by sculptor Basil Watson, will be unveiled by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on September, 7 which will be the 99th anniversary of the birth of Miss Lou.

Grange said the installation of the statue is part of the Government's plan to establish Miss Lou Square in Gordon Town, as a fitting and lasting tribute to the woman who is regarded as the mother of Jamaican culture.

“Miss Lou is well-respected, well-loved, well revered across the world and I expect that the unveiling of her statue in the next few days will immediately position Gordon Town as an attraction in Kingston which promotes community tourism.

“And I look forward to next year — on Miss Lou's 100th birthday — when we will complete the development and transform Gordon Town Square into Miss Lou Square,” said Grange in a statement.

The Minister thanked all the stakeholders, including residents of Gordon Town, Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, Kingston’s Mayo, Delroy Williams, Miss Lou's estate and Jamaicans in the Diaspora — particularly those in Canada — who assisted with the project.

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