‘Believe in Jamaica… Embracing Our Heritage’

Jamaica’s National Heritage Week 2009 will be celebrated under the theme ‘Believe in Jamaica… Embracing Our Heritage’ from Sunday, October 11 to Monday, October 19. The week, which is organized through collaborations between the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), The National Library of Jamaica (NLJA) and other agencies under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will include the following:

Sunday, October 11

National Thanksgiving Service

Swallowfield Chapel

10:30 am

Tuesday October 13

10am – 12 pm

Heritage Week Lectures

Theme: Facing our past: Securing a prosperous future

Northern Region: Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria

Western Region: Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Auditorium

Wednesday October 14

Heritage Expo

Seville Heritage Park, St. Ann’s Bay

10 am – 3 pm

Musgrave Awards

Institute of Jamaica Lecture Hall


Thursday October 15

National Commission on Reparations

Public Sitting

Liberty Hall


Saturday October 17

Parish Thanksgiving Services

Devon House presents Journeys through Jamaica…A Heroes Day Celebration

Devon House

Sunday October 18

Parish Thanksgiving Services

National Library Distinguished Lecture

Institute of Jamaica’s Lecture Hall


Monday October 19

National Honours and Awards Ceremony

Lawns of Kings House

8 am

Heroes Day Civic Ceremony

All Parish Capitals

National Heroes’ Day Salute

National Heroes Park

3:00 pm

Additionally, the focus for this year’s celebration will be on encouraging the public to visit Heritage sites across the island. Special focus however will be placed on the following:


  • St. Peter’s Church (Alley)
  • Monymusk Library
  • Halse Hall Great House
  • Portland Point Lighthouse


  • Roxborough
  • Mandeville Courthouse
  • St. Mark’s Anglican Church

St. Elizabeth

  • Black River
  • Accompong
  • Lover’s Leap


  • Seaford Town
  • Cast Iron Fountain
  • Savanna la mar Baptist Church


  • Tryall Great House
  • Blenheim
  • Fort Charlotte

St. James

  • Old Slave Ring
  • Sam Sharp Square
  • Greenwood Great House
  • Rosehall Great House


  • Falmouth
  • Good Hope GreatHouse
  • Stewart Castle
  • Rio Bueno

St. Ann

  • Seville Heritage Park
  • Sturge Town
  • Marcus Garvey Library
  • Nine Miles
  • Columbus Park

St. Mary

  • Rio Nuevo
  • Tacky Falls
  • Fort Haldane
  • Castleton Botanical Gardens


  • Titchfield Hill
  • Nanny Town
  • Moore Town
  • Port Antonio Courthouse

St. Thomas

–        Morant Bay Courthouse

  • Stony Gut
  • Bath Mineral Spa
  • Stokes Hall Great House

St. Catherine

  • Emancipation Square
  • Iron Bridge
  • Colbeck Castle
  • 2 Sisters Cave
  • Sligoville

Kingston and St. Andrew

  • Port Royal
  • Bustamante Museum
  • Liberty Hall
  • Devon House
  • St. William Grant’s Park
  • Trench Town Culture Yard
  • Fort Charles

Heroes Park