Emancipation Park is a public park located in Kingston, Jamaica. The park was opened on July 31, 2002 which was, the day before that year’s Emancipation Day in Jamaica. The then Prime Minister P.J Paterson had stated that the park was built to serve as a commemoration to the end of slavery during his address at the opening ceremony of the park.
Emancipation Park Art
The park measures an estimate of 6 acres and includes fountains and public art. The park is widely known because of the large sculpture known as Redemption Song ,located at the park’s main entrance . The sculpture was named after Bob Marley’s song of the same name. Redemption song measures 11 feet and is a Bronze Sculpture which was created by Jamaican artist Laura Facey.
The Redemption Song sculpture features the depictions of a male and a female figure gazing at the skies , symbolizing their triumphant rise from the mental and physical tortures of slavery. The statue was unveiled in July of 2003 to help in the celebration of the park’s first anniversary. Adinkra symbols can be seen in alot of paces in the park as a tribute and honour to the ancestors of Jamaicans who were transported to the island nation, from West Africa as slaves. Kamau Kambui is the architect who was responsible for using these symbols on the walls at the entrance, along the perimeter fence, the benches and garbage receptacles.
Recreation and tourism
Emancipation Park is situated in New Kingston, near the vicinity of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. During the mornings and evens both tourists and locals can be seen jogging on the recently installed, single running tracks. People also visit the park because of its ambiance and beauty which is as a result of of the brilliant landscaping and upkeeping of the park. Emancipation Park is a widely celebrated national treasure.
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