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Gordon House – icon of Jamaica’s democracy

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2024 | 12:10 AM
Gordon House
Gordon House

Amid the bustle of downtown Kingston stands the heart of Jamaican democracy, Gordon House. Since its inauguration on October 26, 1960, this iconic building has been the nucleus of Jamaican governance, embodying the spirit of resilience and progress. Yet, beneath its architectural grandeur lies a profound legacy, one that echoes the relentless pursuit of justice and equality.

Named after the indomitable George William Gordon, a towering figure in Jamaica’s history, Gordon House stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to the emancipation of his people. As a “coloured” man in a society shackled by prejudice, Gordon fearlessly championed the cause of the newly emancipated blacks, advocating for their rights with unmatched fervour. His martyrdom serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the struggle for justice and freedom.

Gordon House emerges as more than just a physical structure; it embodies the aspirations and triumphs of generations past, present, and future. It symbolises the enduring resilience of a people who refuse to be silenced in the face of adversity.

Yet, as we reflect on our journey, we are compelled to ask: Have we truly evolved? Have the names and faces changed while the underlying attitudes remain stagnant? The echoes of Gordon’s impassioned pleas for justice still reverberate within these walls, challenging us to confront the uncomfortable truths that linger in our society.


As we navigate the complexities of our modern world, let us draw inspiration from Gordon House and its history. Let us harness the spirit of unity and resilience that has defined our nation for centuries, forging a future where justice and equality reign supreme.

In the hallowed halls of Gordon House, where history meets today, let us embark on a journey of reflection and renewal. Envision a world where the ideals for which Gordon fought so valiantly are not just lofty aspirations but tangible realities. Let’s commit to honouring George William Gordon’s legacy and building a Jamaica where every citizen can stand tall and proud, enjoying rights, irrespective of race or belief.

For in Gordon House, we find not just a building, but a symbol, a legacy, a call to action, guiding us towards a future where justice, equality, and dignity prevail. The fight for justice continues, and we, the people, are the ones who hold the pen. Let’s write a story worthy of the giants who came before us.




Contributed by Dr Lorenzo Gordon, a diabetologist, internal medicine consultant, biochemist, and a history and heritage enthusiast. Send feedback to