THE EDITOR, Sir:
Referring to your Gleaner column Thursday Talk published September 26, 2013 with the heading 'Let's save it!', unfortunately, the Irish Town home, 'Bellencita', belonging to National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante and Lady Bustamante, was sold many years ago and was not retained as a national monument.
However, their first home built by Bustamante in 1939 while he was in detention at Up Park Camp, is situated at 24 Tucker Avenue, Kingston. This house was purchased from Lady Bustamante by the Government of Jamaica during the administration of Prime Minister Michael Manley in 1989, and invested with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
The building has been leased to the Bustamante Foundation and houses an exhibition of the life and times of Sir Alexander and Lady Bustamante.
The museum is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Further information can be had by contacting us at telephone number, 946-2666.
NORA STRUDWICK (OD)
Director, Bustamante Museum