On this day in Jamaican history: Louise “Miss Lou” Simone Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE

Miss Lou

On this day in Jamaican history: September 7, 1919, Jamaican icon, Louise Simone Bennett-Coverley or Miss Lou, OM, OJ, MBE. Miss Lou was a Jamaican folklorist, artiste and writer. She was important in bringing Jamaican patois to the forefront of Jamaican society.  She influenced many Jamaican writers, actors and performers.  She passed away on 26 July 2006. Happy Birthday and thank you Miss Lou.

It’s Miss Lou Day on We have a whole section on our website site dedicated to Miss Lou. It includes a photo gallery, an interview, tributes and more. Please free to post in our forums how “Miss Lou” has impacted you and also if you think she should be a Jamaican national hero.

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