Sam Sharpe Square
Sam Sharpe Square
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Cobblestone square in Montego Bay named after national hero Sam Sharpe and featuring the Cage, which used to be a jail for runaway slaves.
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KTSNmac
Orlando, FL29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great and important history of the area made this very interesting. Unfortunately we definitely didn’t feel safe. We were approached multiple times for handouts or random solicitations. Even our tour driver said he would stay close. It’s unfortunate because it is an significant part of the island’s history.
Written 24 July 2023
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James S
Toronto, Canada625 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Sam Sharpe Square, originally called Charles Square was renamed in 1976 by the Jamaican Government to posthumously honour Samuel Sharpe. It is in downtown Montego Bay at the corner of market and St. James Streets in front of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

Samuel Sharpe (1801- 1832) was born in slavery on a local plantation. He became a Baptist Minister and local advocate for Emancipation. In 1832 he was one of the key figures of the Baptist War or Christmas Rebellion. Initially a peaceful anti slavery protest it soon devolved in the largest slave revolt in Jamaica’s history involving more than 60,000 slaves.

The revolt was put down and Sharpe was executed for his role in it, hanged in 1832 in the square that would later bear his name. This failed revolt however would lead to the Slavery Abolition Act by the British Parliament in 1833 and the abolishment of slavery throughout the British Empire in 1838. In 1975 the Jamaican Government posthumously proclaimed Samuel Sharpe a national hero with the title of the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe.

The square is a lively location easily reached by foot, car or taxi and included in almost all tours of Montego Bay. As noted, it is in front of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, originally the Courthouse building built in 1803 and destroyed by fire in 1968. It was rebuilt and opened as a museum.

The square itself contains a series of life sized statues depicting Samuel Sharpe speaking to slaves as well as signage explaining who he was and the importance of the site. Further exhibits are inside the museum. There is also a magnificent water fountain donated by Captain J. Kerr a local plantation owner.

To the side of the square is a small brick building referred to as “the Cage.” This single room building was used as a gaol to hold drunken sailors, vagrants and slaves who had failed to leave the town limits and return to their plantations by curfew.

As it is in centre of the city there are numerous restaurants around as well as shopping venues. There is no admission to the square itself although the entry fee to the nearby museum is $500.00 Jamaican Dollars. Visitors should take some precautions as the square itself borders on a busy roundabout.

Written 26 March 2023
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Nice small square in center of Montego Bay. There is a lot of restaurants with cheap local food. I been here only five minutes
Written 7 February 2022
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Clawboot
Rochester, NY311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
An amazing place in the heart of Montego Bay. To see the small cage where people were imprisoned, the memorial to Sam Sharpe and the Market Square where he was hanged. Also see the hustle and bustle of the city with street vendors and shops. We came here as part of a private tour with a driver and did not feel unsafe at all. In fact, there were police at the square.
Written 9 February 2020
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Marie0771
London, UK364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This monument in Montego Bay 'Sam Sharpe Square' is in honour of one of Jamaica's national Hero The Rt Excellent Samuel Sharpe.

Sam Sharpe was instrumental in fighting against slavery in the 1800s in Jamaica and the eventual abolition of slavery in the country.

Sam Sharpe was captured and hanged in 1832 and the Jamaican Government passed the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833.

He was made a National Hero in 1975 and is on the Jamaican $50 note.

His statue is in Montego Bay Square, now Sam Sharpe Square.
Written 21 September 2019
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elvis scott
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Jamaica paradise best country to visit it has a lot of attraction areas and it is tranquil and serine.the people r so super fantastic and friend best Caribbean country to vist
Written 21 April 2019
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Karen A
Matteson, IL38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Awesome monument!! The exhibit shows Sam preaching to his people. Sam Sharpe did not die in vain, he was declared as one of Jamaica’s National heroes.
Written 3 April 2019
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Steve P
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
An amazing place to visit with some real Jamaica in culture. Go with a good driver. Chances are he has a local there that he steers tourists to.
Written 3 February 2019
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Daniel J
Monument, CO178 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Fun to visit, lots of shopping nearby. It's a pretty navigable city, but not quite what I expected from songs about Montego Bay all of these years. It's mostly functional rather than exotic or recreational.
Written 16 January 2019
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia7,550 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
As we were dropping people off downtown we drove down St James Street and stopped at the Sam Sharpe Statue which is located in the centre of Downtown Montego Bay (which wasn’t a pleasant part of town). Sam Sharpe was born into slavery in 1804 and the Memorial commemorates the struggles faced by him.
Written 11 January 2019
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