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Others who should be honoured in Manchester celebration

Published:Saturday | January 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The EDITOR, Sir:

Heartiest congratulations to the planning committee of the Manchester bicentenary celebrations for keeping our heritage alive.

I understand that the committee will be identifying 200 icons of the parish, including those mentioned in the media, Rt Excellent Norman Manley and Hon Daisy Coke. I suggest, and without prejudice in case of oversight, that consideration be given to the following:

  • James Knight, the first recorded Christian martyr of the parish. He worked on the Lyndhurst Estate and his site of memory is at Skull Point near the police station at Mile Gully. One of his descendants is Bishop Alfred Reid, former Lord Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
  • The Movement in 1937 begun by Presbyterian Minister Reverend Walter Lewis for free public libraries in Jamaica.
  • Mr W. Bailey, teacher from Walderston, father of the Hon Amy Bailey, for his pioneering work in the formation of the Jamaica Union of Teachers.
  • Hon Molly Rhone from Cross Keys, of international netball fame.
  • Lord Bill Morris from Bombay, Walderston.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Vivian Crawford

vcrawford1066@gmail.com