Paul Bogle (ca. 1820 – 1865) was a Jamaican Baptist deacon and is a National Hero of Jamaica. He was a leader of the 1865 Morant Bay Protests, which agitated for justice and fair treatment for all in Jamaica. Leading the Morant Bay rebellion, he was captured and hanged on October 24,1865 in the Morant Bay Court House and executed by the United Kingdom authorities. He is depicted on the heads side of the Jamaican 10 cent coin and two dollar bill. The Paul Bogle High School in the parish of his birth is named after him.

As a Jamaican culture hero, Paul Bogle is referenced in many works of reggae culture, most notably, dancehall performer Gerald Levy's stage name was “Bogle” (also “Mr Bogle” and “Father Bogle”).

Third World produced a song about Bogle’s execution. Other artists to have named and written songs in tribute to Paul Bogle include Lee Scratch Perry and a co-production between The Aggrovators, and the Revolutionaries

Bogle is mentioned in songs by Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Brigadier Jerry, The Cimarons, Steel Pulse, Prince Far I, Lauryn Hill and General Trees.

In ‘So Much Things to Say,’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers, subsequently covered by Lauryn Hill, Marley mentions Bogle in the same breath as Marcus Garvey and states, “I’ll never forget no way they turned their backs on Paul Bogle, so don’t you forget no youth who you are and where you stand in the struggle.”

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