Jamaica's seven national heroes will gain renewed public acclaim thanks to a group of Jamaican creatives determined to preserve their legacy.
The brainchild of Charles “Mark Phi” Smart, The Jamaica Heroes Modernised Project intends to update and centralise the look and feel of its national heroes, which can be easily accessed by all.
Jamaica’s national heroes are Sir Alexander Bustamante, Marcus Garvey, George William Gordon, Norman Manley, Nanny of the Maroons, Samuel Sharpe and Paul Bogle.
Bob Marley and Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou) are not officially national heroes but are treated with the same reverence by many Jamaicans.
Smart, the executive producer, has assembled a team, which includes actress and film producer Sherando Ferril. “What we aim to achieve is a sense of pride surrounding our heroes,” Ferril said. “Ultimately, this will include increased awareness and a sense of patriotism and an appreciation of the work of these individuals.”
She said that updating the images of the national heroes was the first priority. This was done by Smart who is a visual artist. These redone works are to be included in a set of print collateral to be installed in the 1,300 primary schools island wide.
The project’s most ambitious work is the production of a 10-part docuseries which they hope to be screened by a major streaming service.