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Manchester-Famous Personalities

Norman Washington Manley

Manchester’s most famous son is undoubtedly National Hero Norman Washington Manley. Mr. Manley, Jamaica’s first premier, was born in Roxborough in 1893.

An outstanding athlete, scholar and lawyer, Mr. Manley rose to national prominence during the labour disputes of 1938.  That year, he founded the People’s National Party (PNP) and led the fight for universal adult suffrage.

Daisy McFarlane Coke

Actuary who has the distinction of being the first Black woman to qualify as Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1970. She became the first president of the Caribbean Actuarial Association. She was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2002.