Gov't to unveil Miss Lou statue next week
Minister of Culture Olivia Grange says all is set for the unveiling of the statue in honour of the Jamaican cultural icon, Miss Lou.
Miss Lou’s statue will be mounted in Gordon Town, St Andrew where she lived before moving to Toronto, Canada.
Grange says she’s “happy to see this project finally coming to fruition and I thank all the stakeholders, including the residents of Gordon Town, the MP Mrs Juliet Holness, Mayor Delroy Williams, Miss Lou’s estate and Jamaicans in the Diaspora — particularly those in Canada — who have assisted the project.”
The statue, done by sculptor Basil Watson, will be unveiled by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on September 7 — the 99th anniversary of the birth of the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE.
Grange said in a statement:“The installation of the statue is part of the Government’s plan to establish Miss Lou Square in Gordon Town, as a fitting and lasting tribute to this outstanding woman, the mother of Jamaican culture.
"Miss Lou is well-respected, well-loved, well-revered across the world that I expect that unveiling of her statue in the next few days will immediately position Gordon Town as an attraction in Kingston which promotes community tourism.
"And I look forward to next year — on Miss Lou’s 100th birthday — when we will complete the development and transform Gordon Town Square into Miss Lou Square.”