Jamaica: National Heroes Have Their Names Cleared by Law
The Act entitled, ‘National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2018’ has received the assent of the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, and is now law.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says that “Jamaica has completed a long walk to justice for its ancestors” after the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Bill brought to the House by Grange.
Grange said that by enacting this law, the administration has “set the records straight.”
She went on to say “Now and forever more, it will be known and recorded that our National Heroes Sam Sharpe, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle, Marcus Garvey, their supporters and sympathizers including women, and other freedom fighters such as Tacky, were not criminals but were proud and brave people engaged in acts of liberation with moral justification.