Gordon Town Square being renamed in honour of ‘Miss Lou’

The Gordon Town Square will be officially renamed in honour of late cultural ambassador, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley – affectionately known as “Miss Lou”.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a civic ceremony in the East Rural St Andrew community on Sunday (September 8) to commemorate the centenary of Miss Lou’s birth.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, addressing a civic ceremony in Gordon Town, East Rural St Andrew, on Sunday (September 8) to commemorate the centenary of the birth of late cultural ambassador- Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately known as “Miss Lou”. (Photo: JIS/Adrian Walker)

“We cannot only allow her works to be embedded in documents. We must have physical representation of her works… and this statue [erected in her honour] is just the beginning. I am expecting that at the next sitting of the [KSMAC], the Councillors will move a resolution to have the Gordon Town Square renamed in honour of the great cultural icon – Louise Bennett-Coverley,” he said.

The Prime Minister noted that after the resolution is passed, a plaque will be unveiled in the square signifying the renaming.

The statue, which was done by noted sculptor, Basil Watson, was unveiled by Prime Minister Holness on September 7, 2018.

“We cannot only allow her works to be embedded in documents. We must have physical representation of her works”

— Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Meanwhile, Mr, Holness charged the KSAMC and Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to partner with property owners in the square to further develop the area as an attraction for local and overseas visitors.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), greets Fabian Coverley, son of late cultural ambassador, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, during a civic ceremony in Gordon Town, East Rural St Andrew, on Sunday (September 8) to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the globally renowned icon, affectionately known as “Miss Lou”. (Photo: JIS/Adrian Walker)

“We should now seek to improve the facade and put in place the necessary infrastructure so that, if we bring tourists in or bring in our own Jamaicans to come and appreciate and understand the culture, they can be appropriately accommodated, hosted and they can possibly interact with some of our works either digitally or other forms,” he said.

A globally acclaimed writer, folklorist, educator, radio and television personality and poet, who was known for performing her pieces in the local patois dialect, Miss Lou is widely regarded as the “Mother of Jamaican Culture”.

Born on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou passed away on July 26, 2006 in Canada and was interred at National Heroes Park in Kingston in a section reserved for cultural icons.