The Seven Distinguished National Heroes of Jamaica

Today we have seven national heroes of Jamaica because of the significant contributions they made during their lifetime.

We are even now thinking of honouring a few more Jamaicans that have served this country well.

I am very proud to be Jamaican because of some of the things I have learnt about my ancestors and those that were able to be called a Jamaica National Hero.

Therefore, I am more than excited to share with you some of the information I have gathered, and learned about the island's seven(7) national heroes.

Well we often say its six national heroes and one national heroine.

Whichever way, it totals to seven!



National Heroes Of Jamaica

A List of The National Heroes of Jamaica

This list is by no means in any particular order. It is just here to make your browsing efforts a bit easier in finding the information on the particular hero you are looking to learn more about.

Paul Bogle

1. Paul Bogle
Paul Bogle led the Morant Bay rebellion on October 11, 1865 with about 200-300 black people. He became National hero of Jamaica in 1969. Read more here...

George William Gordon

2. George William Gordon
Born to a slave mother and a planter father who was an attorney to several sugar estates in Jamaica, George William Gordon was self-educated. He was also a landowner in the parish of St. Thomas. Read more here...


Granny Nanny Of The Maroons

3. Nanny of the Maroons
Nanny was a leader of the Maroons at the beginning of the 18th century. She was known by both the British Settlers and the Maroons as an outstanding military leader who became, in her lifetime and thereafter, a symbol of unity and strength for her people during times of crisis. Read more here...

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

4. Marcus Mosiah Garvey
He was Jamaica's first National Hero. Garvey was born in St. Ann's Bay on August 17, 1887. In his youth he migrated to Kingston where he worked as a printer and later went on to publishing a small paper called "The Watchman". Read more here...


Sir Alexander Bustamante

5. Sir Alexander Bustamante
When Alexander Bustamante began to make his presence felt in Jamaica, the country was still a Crown Colony. Under this system, the Governor had the right to veto at all times, which he very often exercised against the wishes of the majority. Read more here...

Samuel Sharpe

6. Samuel Sharpe
Samuel Sharpe was the main instigator of the 1831 Slave Rebellion, which began on the Kensington Estate in St. James and which was largely instrumental in bringing about the abolition of slavery. Read more here...


Norman Washington Manley

7. Norman Washington Manley
Norman Washington Manley was born at Roxborough, Manchester, on July 4, 1893. He was a brilliant scholar and athlete, a soldier in the World War I and a lawyer. He identified himself with the cause of the workers at the time of the labour troubles of 1938 and donated time and advocacy to the cause. Read more here...

These seven national heroes of Jamaica contributed so much during their lifetime and so it was rightly due to them to be recognized as Jamaica National Heroes.

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