October 11 to celebrated as Paul Bogle, George William Gordon and the Martyrs of St. Thomas’ Day
As Jamaica approaches the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, it has been resolved that October 11 of each year will be declared as Paul Bogle, George William Gordon and the Martyrs of St Thomas Day in commemoration of all those who lost their lives fighting for a just cause.
"The resolution is calling for the efforts of those persons who gave their lives and those who made the supreme sacrifice to be recognised in a special way. Normally, Paul Bogle and George William Gordon are seen, but they are not the only persons," Errol Greene, secretary manager of the St Thomas Parish Council, told The Gleaner.
"There were many who were killed and entire communities burned down 150 years ago when this unforgivable incident happened, and so I think it is timely and this should go down in Jamaica as a very important day," he added.
Greene further expounded on the importance that the day would serve in educating and inspiring future generations.
"We are not calling for the day to be a holiday as we already have National Heroes Day. We are only calling for it to be celebrated and remembered," he continued.