Mon | Nov 20, 2017

Restored Garvey bust under 24-hour guard

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 9:56 AM

Administrators of University of the West Indies, Mona Campus have restored the controversial bust of National Hero Marcus Garvey at its Faculty of Humanities, but it is now under 24-hour guard.

The Raymond Watson-sculpted bust was splashed with yellow paint and plastered with feathers during the night of October 17, forcing the university administration to use several black bags to hide the disfigured bust.

However, since that incident and following high-level meetings of the university’s top brass, security personnel have been on high alert and security on the campus has been heightened.

The Gleaner understands that, a part of the security measures that the UWI has implemented, is the installation of security cameras and the placement of security personnel in the vicinity of the bust.

Efforts yesterday to contact the university’s communications director, Dr Carol Edwards, proved futile.

The UWI was forced to replace a previous bust of Garvey following public outrage as it was being said that the bust had no resemblance of the National Hero.