Trench Town is a community located in the parish of St. Andrew which is located in downtown Kingston, the capital and largest city of Jamaica. In the 1960s, it was known as the Hollywood of Jamaica and the birthplace of rocksteady and reggae music, as well as the home of reggae and Rastafari ambassador Bob Marley. Today, it boasts the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum, a visitor-friendly National Heritage Site presenting the unique history and contribution of the community to Jamaica.
Traditional community organizations such as Boys’ Town continue to contribute to the welfare of the residents, along with newer organizations such as AIR (Agency for Inner-city Renewal) which were formed to increase positive social attitudes, increase literacy and encourage government spending and development in the area.
One of the more prominent sports in the region is football, used as a regular activity and directive for youths and adults alike. Trench Town is home to two of Jamaica’s top Premier League football club teams, Boys’ Town and Arnett Gardens, who have been constant contenders in the National Premier League throughout the decades.
“Jamaica, Land We Love” is the official national anthem of Jamaica, written by Boys’ Town founder, Reverend Father Hugh Sherlock, with the music composed by Robert Lightbourne and arranged by Mapletoft Poulle and Christine Alison Poulle.