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Controversial Garvey bust to be removed

Published:Monday | June 26, 2017 | 2:09 PM
The bust of Marcus Garvey at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) says it will remove a controversial bust of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, following outcry from various sections of the society.

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the UWI, Professor Waibinte Wariboko, told Radio Jamaica yesterday that work is ongoing to erect a new bust before the start of the next academic year.

The bust was unveiled at the institution last month.

He said the university has listened to the comments from members of the public since the unveiling, and is now taking steps to ensure the new one reflects the image the public associates with Marcus Garvey.

Yesterday, several members from the Rastafari community gathered near the university protesting what they said was the poor representation Garvey, who was conferred with the Order of the National Hero in 1969.