LET US HEAR FROM YOU!
Since Independence, there have been several controversies about public monuments in Jamaica, starting in 1963 with the proposed National Monument for the Harbour View Roundabout, which was to be designed and sculpted by Alvin Marriott but which was never completed as a result. The other controversies pertained to Edna Manley’s Bogle (1965), Christopher Gonzales’ Bob Marley (1983) and Laura Facey’s Redemption Song (2003).
By far the most protracted controversy has been about the Bogle monument, which started at the time of its 1965 unveiling in front of the Morant Bay Courthouse, had resurfaced in 1971, and flared up again in 2009, after the statue had been moved to Kingston for restoration. A group of Morant Bay stakeholders requested that the monument should not be returned and replaced by a new monument, based on Paul Bogle’s presumed “true likeness” – the photograph reproduced below. The matter remains unresolved and the NGJ has made use of the presence of the recently restored statue in Kingston to present an exhibition on the subject, which opens on September 23 and continues until November 13.
The primary purpose of the Edna Manley’s Bogle: A Contest of Icon exhibition is to present the latest information on the subject and to encourage productive discussion. Therefore, we want to hear from you and invite you to post your comments to this blog and/or to participate in the poll below.
While we respect all opinions, it should be noted that comments will be moderated and that statements that violate our community standards may not be published.
You can read more about the current controversy about the Bogle monument by clicking the following links:
- Commentaries by Carolyn Cooper, Devon Dick, Barbara Gloudon and David Boxer.
- March 15, 2010 Observer report
- March 16, 2010 Observer editorial
- March 21, 2010 Observer report