Vandals Deface New Marcus Garvey Bust

The new Marcus Garvey bust at the University of the West Indies Mona campus has been defaced.

Someone threw paint and grass all over the bust sometime late yesterday and also posted a sign saying, “Notice: Take down this fake statue.”

The statue, by well-known sculptor Raymond Watson, was erected in August. It replaced a previous statue by the same artiste that was erected in May to much controversy.

Many people complained that the bust did not look like the national hero. There have been similar complaints that the new bust also does not resemble Garvey.

The defacement of the Marcus Garvey bust on the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, has drawn strong criticism from one of the persons asking for the statue to be removed.

Gleaner Columnist and former UWI lecturer, Professor Caroline Cooper — who has spoken out against the bust — says defacement is not the way to show disapproval.