Observation of Labor Day appeared in 1961, when Empire Day, celebrated on May 24, was abolished. Chief Minister of Jamaica Norman Washington Manley proposed to replace Empire Day with Labor Day with the commemorative celebrations held on May 23.
By 1938 Jamaican laborers were underpaid. This led to breaking out of several strikes across the country. The workers asked only for better wages. One of the prominent figures of the strikes was St. William Grant (St. presumably means "sergeant"). He is regarded as a person, who started the struggle of the working class in Jamaica and later entrusted Alexander Bustamante with the responsibility to take working class to the next level. Alexander Bustamante later was honored with a title National Hero of Jamaica and became the first prime minister. But St. William Grant's fate is unknown. He sank into obscurity and died in poverty. St. William Grant was not forgotten and he was awarded the Order of Distinction posthumously.Remind me with Google Calendar
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