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Our New Money! On the Anniversary of Changeover Day

On Monday September 8, 1969 (known as Changeover Day) Jamaica saw the introduction of five (5) coins that truly marked the beginning of Jamaican currency/coinage. After 149 years (1840) of using the currency of the United Kingdom, the island was finally getting ‘its...

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Today, we celebrate Jamaicans in the Diaspora!

The girl from Spanish Town...

Jamaican actress and singer, Grace Jones is best known for her roles in the feature film 'Conan the Destroyer' and ' A View to a Kill as well as the '80s albums 'Warm Leatherette, 'Nightclubbing' and 'Slave to the Rhythm.'

She is best known for her avant-garde sense of style that has transcended many eras. BBC Culture recently called her, "the most copied pop-star of all time" Her influence was high among celebrities from Madonna to Kim Kardashian.

Her recently published memoir, 'I'll Never Write My Memoirs' is available at the National Library of Jamaica. Grace Jones in the true example of Jamaicans in the Diaspora: making all yaadies proud.
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Fifty-six years ago today - on September 19, 1961 – Jamaica held a Referendum on its continued membership in the Federation of the West Indies.

The short-lived West Indies Federation was a political union that brought together ten British colonies in the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, the then St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago.
This federal form of governance was envisioned as a means to unify the region and sprouted from the belief that a shared heritage could lead to a shared destiny.

This was not to be however, and the Federation only lasted from 1958 to 1962. Through the Referendum, Jamaicans voted against remaining in the Federation, choosing instead to ‘go it alone’ towards national independence. Jamaica’s secession led to the ultimate dissolution of the Federation – a significant event in the history of the Caribbean region.

Check out these images from the NLJ collection and search for more resources on the West Indies Federation through our online catalogue at www.nlj.gov.jm

Jamaica Gleaner
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