in Smith's Village

from Jamaicans for Justice

Millicent Forbes  passed away June 20, 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica.

She was a true Jamaican hero, a picture of perseverance, courage, faith and integrity. Having lost her daughter, Janice Allen, to a policeman’s bullet in April 2000, ‘Miss Milli’ as she was affectionately called, has steadfastly pursued justice for her daughter’s death. She withstood threats, harassment, attempted bribery and repeated disappointments with unfavourable court decisions but she refused to give up.

She was a victim of the horror of her daughter’s death and the subsequent horrors meted out to her by the Judicial system in the course of her search for justice.  However, we will remember ‘Miss Milli’ as victorious because she forced all Jamaica to acknowledge the wrong done to Janice and her family, forced everyone to see her beautiful daughter and know her name, and got a ruling from the Privy Council that will forever resound in common law jurisdictions.

‘Miss Milli’ always said that she would go the distance to see justice done for her daughter and was resolute in her fight. Her resolve and determination is her legacy to us and she has shown us that  successes do not result from a single effort but rather through constancy and courage. 

 - Janice was killed in Trench Town, an area adjacent to the area that included Smith Village.

from the start

 'Rietti's Town' 1826

Abraham Rietti, an Italian-Jewish business man in Kingston, laid out a suburban development on a property he owned along the Spanish Town Road, consisting of 14 streets named numerically. It was aimed at a lower middle-class population. Later this area was renamed 'Smith's Village' or 'Smith Village' after Governor Lionel Smith (1836-9) who oversaw the ending of the apprenticeship which followed Emancipation in 1834. Full freedom was celebrated on August 1st, 1838.

At some point streets in Smith's Village were renamed, three becoming Victoria and Albert Streets after the new Queen (1837) and her husband, and Elgin Street, after Lord Elgin, Governor of Jamaica from 1842 to 1847.

                                       from a map of c.1912