Trench Town Cultural Center
Bob Marley lovers will want to visit the Culture Yard in the legendary downtown area of Trenchtown. It is Marley’s teenage home, the actual tenement yard he sang about in “No Woman, No Cry;” and “Georgie cooked cornmeal porridge/Of which I share with you…” Built as modern government housing in the early 20th century, Trenchtown fell on hard times and by the 1970s, it was known as a ghetto. However, despite its deprivations, the community became famous worldwide as a centre of Jamaican musical creativity, helped by songs such as Marley’s “Trenchtown Rock.” The Trench Town Cultural Center has been lovingly restored by the community, with help from the JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT and the German Embassy. The battered, psychedelically painted VW bus in which the Wailers toured the island in the 1960s, is parked in the central courtyard. Handmade Rasta crafts by local women are available for sale.