Countries often name streets and roads after the people they admire. The Jamaican government has named some local roads on the island after foreigners, and overseas countries have reciprocated by naming some of their roads after Jamaicans they want to honor. Below is a list of eight foreign country roads named after Jamaicans.
1 – Jamaica Way in Paterson, New Jersey
In 2021, Vreeland Avenue, located between 17th and 19th Avenues in the town of Paterson, New Jersey, USA, was renamed “Jamaica Way” to honor the outstanding contributions made by Jamaicans to the city.
2 – Dr. Marcus Garvey Street in Windhoek, Namibia
The Namibian government named a street in its capital, Windhoek, after Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, in 2018. Garvey was a well-known pan-Africanist, philosopher and proponent of black pride. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness was on hand when naming streets in Namibia in 2018.
3 – Bob Marley Boulevard in Brooklyn, New York
Church Avenue between Remsen Avenue and East 98th Street in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, was renamed Bob Marley Boulevard for legendary Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley in 2006.
4 – Marcus Garvey Square in the Bronx, New York
In 2009, the four corners of White Plains Road and Gun Hill Road in the Bronx were renamed Marcus Garvey Square to honor the black activist, Pan-Africanist and Jamaican national hero.
5 – Chaussée Moses Matalon in Saint Lucia
In 2015, Pigeon Island Causeway in Saint Lucia was renamed Moses Matalon Causeway for the late Jamaican who designed the causeway, which has been described as “a masterpiece of engineering”, and reclaimed acres of land to create a picturesque bay in the 1970s. . Matalon was born in Kingston in 1921 and was known as a visionary. His family is known for their nation-building initiatives, especially housing estates, built in Jamaica in the 1940s and 1950s.
6 – Jolly Way in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
In 2019, a street in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada was renamed the Jolly way in honor of B. Denham Jolly, an award-winning Jamaican-born businessman. Jolly received the Order of Canada in 2020 and is recognized for his work as a philanthropist, author, publisher and civil rights activist.
7 – Jimmy Wisdom Way in Little Jamaica, Toronto, Canada
In 2020, Locksley Avenue in Toronto, the Little Jamaica Canadian community of Eglinton West was renamed Jimmy Wisdom Way for the late Jamaican-born entrepreneur, Ronald Jimmy Wisdom. He had lived, worked, mentored and inspired the people of Wisdom’s Barber Shop for over 35 years before his death at the age of 72 in 2019.
8 – Jamaica Road in Southwark, London, England
The road now known as Jamaica Road was created in the 18th century and was then called the New Road. It was named Jamaica Road in reference to trade between London and Jamaica. It is not known when the name of the road was changed.
Photo – Jamaica Organization of Essex County Chapter of New Jersey