Monday 22 April, 2019

Namibian street to be renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

The government of the Republic of Namibia in southern Africa has decided to rename the main street in the capital city of Windhoek in honour of Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey.

The move will add to the list of places and things that have been named in Garvey’s honour across the world, including in Africa.

The Namibian plan was disclosed by Culture Minister, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, at the recent 130th anniversary celebration of Garvey’s birth in St Ann.

The main street in Windhoek is now known as Back Street, and Grange said she is looking forward, on behalf of Jamaica, to the renaming as Marcus Garvey Street.

She said the governments of Jamaica and Namibia have been in discussions relating to Garvey for some time, resulting in the decision in Namibia.

The renaming ceremony is to take place later this year, and Minister Grange indicated that she is already planning to take a local delegation to the African country for the event.

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