For those who came to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jamaican Independence in Bell Park on Aug. 6, a warm and wonderful day greeted their festivities and truly showed off the wardrobe choices of everyone there - a sea of green, black and yellow, just like the flag.
Attendees sat on lawn chairs and enjoyed a picnic, and the jovial sounds of laughter, music and reminiscing could be heard all around.
This year marks the Jubilee anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Britain after more than 300 years under the country’s rule. On Aug. 6, 1962, the Jamaica Independence Act passed and granted the country freedom to self-govern.
Jamaica becoming an independent nation meant that it was under the responsibility of the newly elected Prime Minister and the locally elected cabinet and also meant the development of a Constitution, emblems, an army, Jamaican currency and passports. The Independence Act also gave Jamaica the power to advocate on its own behalf as part of international negotiations and trade agreements.