National Heroes Park
Famous Jamaicans interred at National Heroes Park include charismatic leader Marcus Garvey, reggae singer Dennis Brown, Jamaican statesman Norman Manley, and Sir Alexander Bustamante, first prime minister of Jamaica, among many others. Come as part of an organized group or with a local guide to learn about Jamaica’s history and its role in the Great War.
Things to Know Before You Go
National Heroes Park is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in Jamaican history and culture.
Wear sunscreen and insect spray; the park is lush and in the tropics.
The park is flat and mostly wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
National Heroes Park is in the Allman Town neighborhood of Kingston, around a mile east of Trench Town and a 10-minute drive south of the Bob Marley Museum. Numerous buses make the 15- to 20-minute trip from downtown Kingston to the park.
When to Get There
National Heroes Park is open throughout the year, but it’s best to visit during the more pleasant months of November through March (April and May can be wet, while rain from June through October can be downright torrential). Memorial gatherings honoring fallen soldiers are held here every November 11, Remembrance Day.
One of the most important figures to be buried inside the park is Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr., a journalist and activist best known for his anti-Eurocentric political philosophy. In 1919, he founded the Black Star Line, a shipping-boat line used to help African-Americans who wanted to move to Africa, known as the Back-to-Africa movement.
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