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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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FIFTY-THREE YEARS AGO TODAY: On Sunday, November 15, 1964, the body of Marcus Mosiah Garvey was enshrined in King George VI Memorial Park (later renamed National Heroes Park). Garvey's body had been brought home from England.

“Marcus Garvey has come home in honour. Today, with ceremony, he will be laid to rest in his native soil, in a shrine built by an appreciative nation, even if controversial. The rugged, humble son of St. Ann who was to make his name known in the wide world has come to a final award and reward, in the land of his birth.” – The Jamaica Gleaner

Newspapers recorded a crowd of over 30,000 persons who came out to witness Garvey buried as a National Hero.

The oak and mahogany casket was carried on a police vehicle in a procession which left the Holy Trinity Cathedral at 3:50pm, travelling along North Street and up East Street to its destination at the memorial park.

Garvey had died 24 years earlier, on June 10, 1940 of ‘cardiac failure due to hypertension’.

Image showing the front page of the Jamaica Gleaner, Monday, November 16, 1964.
Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey
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Special Programmes Director of the National Library of Jamaica, Abigail Henry, speaks at the announcement of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Shortlist about the Helen Zell : Young Writer's Prize for Poetry.

For more information visit the NLJ’s website at www.nlj.gov.jm
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