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VIDEO: Government acquires land at Pinnacle for Rastafarians

Published:Monday | April 13, 2015 | 4:36 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
A section of the ruins of Leonard P. Howell's great house at The Pinnacle in St Catherine. The first Rastafarian village, established by Leonard P. Howell, was completely destroyed by the local militia in 1953.

The government is to acquire lots on the historical lands at Pinnacle in St Catherine for use by members of the Rastafarian community.

Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, made the disclosure on the online current affairs programme, On the Record, to be published on Wednesday.

However, Hanna declined to divulge specific details on the developments, saying that the Land Minister Robert Pickersgill will make an announcement on the matter soon.


Culture Minister Lisa Hanna

Last year, Rastafarians protested an announcement that a private developer had planned to do construction on the Pinnacle lands.

The handling of the dispute was removed from Hanna’s control during last year’s row and transferred to a committee under Pickersgill oversight.

Leonard Howell, the accepted founder of Rastafarianism, lived at Pinnacle, where a guest house is now a national heritage site.

Rastafarians regard the land as their spiritual home.