Jamaica News, Montego Bay: The Freedom Monument Unveiling Ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 1, at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.
The ceremony began with an official welcome by Hillary Clarke, Operations manager for the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. Master of Ceremony, Councilor Dwight Crawford delivered the opening remarks. Also in attendance was Custos of St James Bishop Conrad Pitkin who blessed the audience with prayer. The guest speaker was Professor Verene Shepherd who is the professor of Social History at the UWI Mona.
The Freedom Monument has the names of several slaves engraved along with the type of punishment each slave received. It was located at the rear of the Cultural Centre courtyard, however, Mayor Home Davis called for its removal to a more visible place in the town.
After the function, Mayor Homer Davis and Professor Verene Shepherd Unveiled the Monument. Entertainment was provided by the Hatfield Cultural group who gave an entertaining performance.