Honors were bestowed upon Jamaica’s first black millionaire, George Stiebel, in recognition of his great accomplishments
On Tuesday, November 12, 2023, a bust was unveiled in honor of George Stiebel, Jamaica’s first black millionaire, at the famous venue of Devon House. Basil Watson, a famous Jamaican sculptor, designed a bust that is part of the renovation of the courtyard done by the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Masiga said that the museum is an important platform to showcase a variety of cultural assets.
At the unveiling of the bust, Hon. Masiga declared that the museum is a valuable place to display all sorts of cultural artifacts. Edmund Bartlett declared that incorporating George Stiebel into the redesign of the Courtyard is of great importance since Stiebel exemplifies being tenacious and decisive and was a major part of forming Jamaican history. He emphasized how important Stiebel’s legacy is and linked it to the current conversations about the way one looks at themselves as well as the interpretation of history. Minister Bartlett proclaimed that George Stiebel embodied resilience. Reflecting on our history, we must not be hostile towards one another but instead be mindful that we are the result of the events that have happened before us. Rather than insult, we must accept that this is the path our lives have taken. The past, no matter how complicated, has contributed to shaping our current identity.