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We will make Pinnacle a heritage site in short order – Culture Minister

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 10:24 AM
Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange

Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange says her ministry is committed to the acquisition and development of lands at Pinnacle in St Catherine on behalf of the Rastafari community.

Minister Grange's announcement was made in a press release following a Gleaner/Power 106 FM news report that the government was yet to hand over promised Pinnacle lots to Rastafarians.

In the release, Grange said the government has made strides in fulfilling its promises to Rastafarians.

She noted that one lot at Pinnacle has already been declared a National Monument by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

PHOTO: 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. – Photo by Paul H. Williams

Grange says the new National Heritage Trust Board is tasked with leading and executing the developments at Pinnacle.

She says the ministry is committed to developing Pinnacle into a national heritage site as soon as possible. 

In 2014, Rastafarians protested an announcement that a private developer had planned to do construction at Pinnacle, which was home to the first Rastafarian community in Jamaica.