Happy Emancipation Day!!!
The UWI Museum celebrated International Museums Day on Thursday May 18, 2023 under the theme Museums, Sustainability and Well-being.
Guest Post by Christina Boyd (CARIMAC Intern)
by Suzanne Francis-Brown
I was fascinated the first time I heard of Gibraltar Camp, a British Colonial Office facility established as a haven for civilian evacuees from the British Mediterranean fortress of Gibraltar, during World War II. Mostly women and children were housed in wooden barracks buildings across acres of former sugar land at Mona, on the outskirts of Kingston. Later, Jewish and other wartime refugees also lived there, on a lower level.
“Sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down
My head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town” (“Jamaica Farewell” by Harry Belafonte)
As Harry bid his farewell on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at the age of 96. He did not just “leave a little girl in Kingston town,” but rather, he left behind many faces with smiles turned upside down.
Since 1948, The UWI has provided support to regional artists. Art is the lens through which Caribbean society has been made legible, contested, and negotiated. Caribbean artists in the 21st century continue to do this work by incorporating both innovative and older technologies such as artificial intelligence and printmaking.
Museums and the exhibitions they host offer an avenue for reflecting and connecting with elements of the past. However, it is often the interactive sections of the exhibitions that really stimulate thought and reflection. This is evident in the “Surviving COVID-19” exhibition where visitors often grow emotional in their recollection of the pandemic.