Each year, at a time when the nation as a whole has a holiday and the Christian community in particular marks the crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, there is a gathering of Rastafari in Montego Bay, St James. The ‘elders’ who are the focal point have gradually declined in number over the years, but their testimonies have not lost intensity or effect. They are the remainder of those personally experienced state repression in what is mildly termed the Coral Gardens Incident in some quarters, more definitively named the Coral Gardens Uprising in some and the Coral Gardens Massacre by Rastafari. No matter the perspective which the terminology reflects, ‘Bad Friday’ 1963 - as Rastafari invert ‘Good Friday’ - is a landmark moment for Rastafari which, numerically, is in lockstep with Jamaica’s independence. Rastafarianism has come a very long way since a confrontation at Coral Gardens left a gas station incinerated, two policemen, and three Rastafari dead, leading to the beating, forcible trimming, incarceration and other actions against Rastafari across Jamaica, but especially in the western end of the island.