The Gordon Town Square will be officially renamed in honour of late cultural ambassador, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley – affectionately known as “Miss Lou”.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a civic ceremony in the East Rural St Andrew community on Sunday (September 8) to commemorate the centenary of Miss Lou’s birth.
Mr. Holness indicated that the legal procedure for the renaming will be undertaken by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corperation (KSAMC) in short order.
“We cannot only allow her works to be embedded in documents. We must have physical representation of her works… and this statue [erected in her honour] is just the beginning. I am expecting that at the next sitting of the [KSMAC], the Councillors will move a resolution to have the Gordon Town Square renamed in honour of the great cultural icon – Louise Bennett-Coverley,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted that after the resolution is passed, a plaque will be unveiled in the square signifying the renaming.
Work to this end began last year with the erection of Miss Lou’s statute and is part of the Government’s plan to upgrade and transform Gordon Town Square into “Miss Lou Square”.
The statue, which was done by noted sculptor, Basil Watson, was unveiled by Prime Minister Holness on September 7, 2018.
Meanwhile, Mr, Holness charged the KSAMC and Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to partner with property owners in the square to further develop the area as an attraction for local and overseas visitors.
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