Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica — Caribbean Region of the Americas (Greater Antilles of the West Indies)
George William Gordon
George William Gordon
Circa December 1815 – October 23, 1865
George William Gordon was born to an enslaved African woman and a Scottish father who owned several plantations, including Cherry Garden Estate, St. Andrew. His freedom from slavery was bought by his father. Gordon became a wealthy businessman, real estate and farm produce dealer and a devout Baptist.
His passion for social justice and land reform led him to be elected the first black man in the Jamaica House of Assembly in 1844. Assisted by Paul Bogle, Gordon secured a second victory in his election to the Assemby in 1863 representing the parish of St. Thomas-in-the-East. Gordon bought and subdivided estate lands in St. Thomas-in-the-East and sold or leased lots so that the recently freed slaves could own lands.
As a political representative post-emancipation, he took a radical stance in advocating against the social injustices and unjust living conditions meted out to the landless peasantry and denounced the leadership of Governor John Eyre.
Eyre arrested Gordon in Kingston and he was convicted for his alleged involvement
“It is however, the will of my Heavenly Father that I should suffer in obeying His command to relieve the poor and needy and to protect, as far as I was able , the oppressed.”
Gordon was conferred with the Order of National Hero in 1969 for his role as defender of the people in the struggle for social justice and land rights.
A Rotary Club of Kingston 2018 Project
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Sculptor: Basil Watson, OD
Erected 2018 by Rotary Club of Kingston.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 23, 1865.
Location. 18° 0.152′ N, 76° 47.367′ W. Marker is in Kingston, St Andrew Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oxford Road and Knutsford Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. The marker is on the grounds of Emancipation Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oxford Road 17, Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel Sharpe (here, next to this marker); Nanny of the MaroonsThe Order of National Hero (a few steps from this marker); Marcus Mossiah Garvey (a few steps from this marker); Paul Bogle (a few steps from this marker); Norman Washington Manley (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir William Alexander Bustamante (within shouting distance of this marker); Rita Marley (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 10, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.