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Happy Birthday to Jamaica's Poet Laureate, Professor Emeritus Mervyn Eustace Morris OM!

Prof. Morris was born on February 21, 1937 in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended Munro College where he served as Head Boy.
He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a B.A. in English in 1957. That same year, Morris won a Rhodes Scholarship to study St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.
He later joined the staff at UWI, where he taught West Indian Literature and Creative Writing for many years.
Described as a literary giant and cultural icon, Prof. Morris' impact on Jamaica's literary tradition cannot be overstated. He was the first to recognise the work of Louise Bennett as 'serious poetry' and championed the legitimacy of dub poetry as a genre.
His own poetry continues to be taught in schools around the Caribbean.

Happy Birthday Prof.!
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Talk about #tbt!
Fifteen couples are married in a mass wedding held in a country church in the hills above Kingston (circa 1945).

Concerned about the welfare of working class women, the Jamaica Federation of Women held several mass weddings for couples who could not otherwise afford to get married. Gold wedding bands were sold to the couples for 5 shillings each.

The Federation was led by Lady Molly Huggins, the wife of the Governor of Jamaica (1943-1950). This image is taken from her autobiography, 'Too Much To Tell' (1967), which is housed in the NLJ's book collection.

Be sure to check out our latest blog post on '10 Captivating Jamaican Love Stories'
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Well, WE'RE open this and every Saturday until March 18.

Opening Hours - 10 am - 3 pm at 12 East Street
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