Sam Sharpe Square

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Sam Sharpe Square information

Montego Bay , Jamaica
Address
Street Fort St
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This bustling cobbled square, formerly called the Parade, is named for the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe (1801–32), national hero and leader of the 1831 Christmas Rebellion. At the square’s northwest corner is the National Heroes Monument , a bronze statue of Paul Bogle and Sam Sharpe, Bible in hand, speaking to three admirers. The sculpture is the work of Jamaican artist Kay Sullivan and has an appealing rawness to it. Also on the northwest corner is the Cage , a tiny cut-stone and brick building built in 1806 as a lockup, now a small souvenir shop. The Cage was originally built of wood, but unruly prisoners damaged it so much it was remodeled in stone.