Order of National Hero (Jamaica)

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Order of National Hero
Awarded by  Jamaica
Eligibility Jamaican citizens
Awarded for Services of the most distinguished nature
Motto "He built a city which hath foundations"
Post-nominals National Hero of Jamaica
Established 1968
First awarded 1969
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) Order of the Nation
Order of the National Hero neck badge.gif
Ribbon of the badge
File:Baton Order of the National Hero of Jamaica.jpg
Ribband of the order

The Order of National Hero is an honour awarded by the government of Jamaica. It is a part of the Jamaican honours system that has been in place since 1969.


The highest of the five Jamaican Orders of the Societies of Honour, the Order of National Hero is given only to Jamaican citizens for "services of the most distinguished nature" to the nation. It can be awarded either posthumously or on occasion of the recipient's retirement from active public life.[1]

Recipients are permitted to wear the insignia of the Order, and they are given the style of "The Right Excellent".[2] They are also traditionally honored with a tomb or monument in National Heroes Park, as well as a plaque or shield displayed in some prominent national place, such as the Institute of Jamaica.[1]

The Order of National Hero was created by the National Honours and Awards Act, which was passed by Parliament in 1969. This act also designated Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, and Marcus Garvey as the first three recipients of the honour.[1]

The insignia of the Order of National Hero is a twelve-pointed gold and white star, centered on a black enameled medallion. The medallion features the Jamaican coat of arms in gold relief, and it is encircled by the motto of the Order, which is "He built a city which hath foundations". The insignia is typically worn on a neck ribbon in the national colors of Jamaica (black, gold and green), along with a laurel wreath of gold and green enamel.[1]

Recipients [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "National Honours and Awards", Jamaica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, accessed April 13, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "National Awards of Jamaica", Jamaica Information Service, accessed May 12, 2015.