Sport Museum Committee Opens Exhibition On Emancipation Day
The National Sport Museum Committee will stage an exhibition at the Jamaica 50 Golden Jubilee Village, Independence Park from August 1 to 6. Under the theme ‘Showcasing the Journey’, the Jamaica Sport Exhibit will be mounted on the mezzanine of the National Arena daily from 12 noon to 8 p.m. while on Independence Day, August 6, the Exhibit will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be no charge to view the exhibit which is open to the public.
The National Sport Museum Committee which was mandated by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller with the task of establishing a National Sport Museum said the staging of this Jamaica Sport Exhibit marks the completion of an important initial phase of its assignment.
The Sport Exhibit highlights Jamaica’s rich and vibrant sporting journey over the 50 years of independence and will be showcased through imagery, information and artifacts of some of the nation’s outstanding sporting stars across different sporting disciplines.
Among some of the many important and interesting artifacts that will be on display are the track shoes of Jamaica’s first female Olympian, Cynthia Thompson, and certificates, medals and autographed jerseys of the Honourable Herb McKenley.
Photographs and scrapbooks from the country’s first professional footballer, Lloyd ‘Lindy’ Delapenha; medals; dance and skating suits of Special Olympian, Nigel Davis; and medals from the collection of Olympian Juliet Cuthbert as well as her national team jacket. The exhibit will showcase other interesting articles from athletes in other disciplines such as the test match kit from cricket all-rounder O’Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith.
The Hummer, a 1980 vehicle from the once popular Jamaica Push Cart Derby is also expected to be available for display. In the field of horseracing, the major trophy earned by legendary native-born thoroughbred, Miracle Man, has also been secured by the curator of the exhibit.
Visitors will be assisted through the exhibit by volunteer guides from the National Youth Service, the National Council for Senior Citizens and the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities.
After the grand staging at Independence Park, the Jamaica Sport Exhibit will be mounted at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The exhibit will be officially launched on Friday (July 27) at Jamaica House at 10 a.m.
- OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER