Once called the Parade, the square is now named for the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe (1801–32), a national hero of Jamaica and leader of the 1831 Christmas Rebellion. The square is lined with Georgian buildings alongside modern ones. There are also monuments commemorating the history of the square.
The points of interest on the square are:
- The Sam Sharpe Monument: Designed by Kay Sullivan and cast in bronze. It portrays Sharpe holding his Bible and speaking to his people.
- The Cage: An erstwhile jail for slaves, drunks and petty criminals.
- The Freedom Monument: A monument erected in 2007 and dedicated to enslaved people who participated in 1831-32 war of emancipation.
- The Court House: Built in 1883, it is now a Civic Centre with a museum, performances and art galleries.
Sam Sharpe Square Travel Tips
- Be careful near the cobblestoned area as it is a round-about and traffic has right of way.
- Be firm and politely decline if hustlers approach you and ask for money in exchange for information about the squares history.
How to Reach Sam Sharpe Square
- Taxis, car rentals and buses are easily available here.
- Chester Fried Chicken
- Island Grill
- Cook Shop
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33.31% of people who visit Montego Bay include Sam Sharpe Square in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
36.11% of people start their Sam Sharpe Square visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sam Sharpe Square
79.37% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sam Sharpe Square