Jamaica’s first National Hero, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, has received major hemispheric recognition with the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. in the USA re-naming its Hall of Culture in his honour.
The Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture, located on the first floor of the historic main building of the OAS headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., is a venue for major cultural events.
Along with the unveiling, an exhibition of books, papers and artifacts entitled “Marcus Garvey: National Hero of Jamaica”, was mounted by the OAS Columbus Memorial Library to mark the occasion.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Secretary General of the OAS, Miguel Insulza, said that it was appropriate that Garvey be recognised by the organisation, because he was active throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Son of Jamaica’s National Hero, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Julius Garvey (centre), admiring the plaque officially naming the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture, after it was unveiled at the Organization of American States’ (OAS) in Washington, D.C., Wednesday (October 21). Also in the picture are, from left: Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin; Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, His Excellency Anthony Johnson; and Secretary General of the OAS, His Excellency Jos