Delaware dedicates ‘One Love’ Park to Marley


Landmark monuments to Robert Nesta Marley, the avowed Caribbean’s first superstar seems to be a globally expanding tribute to the Jamaican reggae legend, Vinette K. Pryce reports in this article for Caribbean Life. The latest is the renaming of a recreational playground in Wilmington, Delaware. Allegedly, the city plans to rename an area One Love Park in honor of the icon and the reggae anthem he recorded.

According to the Theo Gregory, president of the Wilmington City Council, “The lyrics of ‘One Love’ and what the song has come to mean to people in the years since Bob Marley composed it, is what I hope to capture by renaming the park.”

He said the lyrics to the positive song along with its impact on the city’s people influenced his decision to rename the park.

“We all need a reminder from time to time about the importance of love in our hearts for our children and for each other. I want children who play in One Love Park to ask why it was given that name and accept their responsibility to make this a better city and world.”

Allegedly, the same year Jamaica celebrated independence, Marley’s mother, Cedella Malcom, moved into a house in Wilmington, Delaware, near Tatnall Street Park. That was 1962. Four years later, her would-be-famous son joined her to live at the same address. As it turned out, his wife Rita gave birth to her second son Stephen Wilmington in 1972.

Located at 24th and North Tatnall Streets, One Love Park will be a constant reminder that the iconic Rastafarian and reggae legend had a connection to the area. Added to that, almost two decades ago, the city began hosting an annual music festival dedicated to Marley. Known as the Peoples’ Festival, this year’s fest is slated for July.

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