THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER AWARDS

Louise Bennett Coverley received numerous honours and awards for her work in Jamaican literature and theatre. In recognition of her achievements, Harbourfront Centre, a non-profit, cultural organisation in Toronto, Canada, has a venue called Miss Lou’s Room and the University of Toronto is home to the Louise Bennett Exchange Fellowship in Caribbean Literary Studies for students from the University of West Indies. Her other awards and honours include:

  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (1960)
  • Norman Manley Award for Excellence (1972)
  • Order of Jamaica (1974)
  • Musgrave Medal (1978)
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters – York University (1998)
  • Jamaican Order of Merit (2001).

Ms. Lou migrated to Canada in 1987 and made her first trip back to Jamaica in 2003 as special guest of the Government for the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.

She died in Ontario, Canada on July 26, 2006.

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