Edward Seaga Is Buried Next To Hugh Shearer, Miss Lou At National Heroes Park


Former Prime Minister, Edward Phillip George Seaga will be laid to rest, across from former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, on the right and almost adjacent to the grave of cultural icon Miss Lou on the left, at the National Heroes Park.

The six feet deep, 4 feet wide grave is located close to the walkway, from the park’s main entrance, and adjacent to where several of Jamaica’s National Heroes are buried.

It’s the final resting place of the country’s fifth Prime Minister, who was instrumental in the dedication of the heritage site to outstanding Jamaicans.

The 50-acre plot, which encompasses the Heroes Memorial, spans sections of Marescaux Road within the large roundabout known as Heroes Circle.

It was previously home to the nation’s key sporting grounds, the Kingston Race Course.

As a Race Track, it was also the venue for travelling circuses that would visit the island from time to time.

In 1973, it was dedicated as a burial ground for outstanding Jamaicans.

Historical analyst, Wayne Chen, says the country’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey, was the first to be interred there.

He says Mr Seaga was instrumental in the move to name the site National Heroes Park.

National Heroes Park is also the final resting place of former Prime Ministers, Alexander Bustamante, Michael Manley and Hugh Shearer, National Hero Norman Manley, Reggae icon Dennis Brown, Olympian Herb McKinley and several others.

In its long history, National Heroes Park has also been the site of several important historic events, including celebrations to mark Emancipation Day on August 1, 1938.

It also hosted the famed Smile Jamaica concert in 1978, where Reggae icon Bob Marley gave a 90-minute performance to some 80-thousand people, despite being shot nearly to death two days earlier.

In 1983, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second, and her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, visited Jamaica and laid a wreath at the War Memorial in National Heroes Park.

Research Officer at the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, Lipton Matthews, explains other historic events that’ve been hosted at National Heroes Park.

He says the site holds a lot of historical significance.

Mr Chen agrees.

He says Heroes Park is one of the most significant monuments to our identity as Jamaicans.

Successive political administrations, have outlined plans to redevelop National Heroes Circle and its environs.

Last year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness highlighted his administration’s plans to transform National Heroes Circle and the wider Downtown Kingston area.

Heroes Circle has been selected as the site of the new Parliament of Jamaica.

Today it becomes the final resting place and home of four Jamaican Prime Ministers.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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