Ahead of the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence on August 6th, South Florida Caribbean News featured elite professionals within the South Florida Jamaican Community for their “Jamaica, Land We Love” series, including WSHC+B attorneys Marlon A. Hill and Alison F. Smith.
Both attorneys shared some of their fondest memories as children living in Jamaica.
“Though my maternal and paternal roots were grounded in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Lucea, Hanover and Montego Bay, my childhood memories were rooted in the streets of Kingston and St. Andrew. I was born at Andrews Hospital on Hope Road, hence my middle name. My grandmother had been a primary school teacher for many years and my early years were spent as one of her first grade students at New Providence Primary School, nestled between the contrasting communities of Standpipe and Hope Pastures in Liguanea,” Marlon recalled.
Alison regaled, “My grandmother was extremely permissive and one of my absolute favorite memories is as a child, being allowed to write on the walls of our house (outside) with crayons. We thought it was an everlasting blackboard and pretended to be in school! We never got in trouble for doing that either! My childhood under Grammie’s watchful eye and support was very fun and safe and happy.”
Read their full interviews here:
Jamaica, Land We Love: Marlon Hill
Jamaica, Land We Love: Alison F. Smith