Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey (LH) has been a beacon in its community since its inception in 2003. In an effort to maintain the original purpose of the Liberty Hall established by Garvey, to be a shrine of ‘Negro inspiration and the cradle of Negro Liberation’, whilst remaining true to its primary mission to “inform the public about the work of Jamaica’s First National Hero and to use his philosophy and opinions to inspire, excite and positively affect the self-identity of Jamaican people, while creating social and economic wealth, LH has used various media and tools to convey Garvey’s message, instill and reinforce Garvey’s philosophies and develop and nurture the intellectual capacity and creative skills of students and adults.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of a group of committed and influential individuals who formed the Friends of Liberty Hall, funds were raised locally and internationally to begin the extensive restoration of Liberty Hall in 2002. The actualization of the restoration is credited to efforts from Friends of Liberty Hall, Ministry of Entertainment, Youth and Culture, the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, and the Government of Jamaica. Consequently, LH has risen from the ashes to honour the memory and work of Marcus Garvey. It is now a living monument to Marcus Garvey which facilitates education, entertainment and empowerment of all Black people. Situated within the volatile Downtown, Kingston area, LH has also been a safe haven for persons. Boasting a welcoming garden to the front of the building, persons can escape the hustle and bustle outside the gates of LH and come enjoy the serene atmosphere provided by nature.

LH forms part of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) family as it is a project of the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, a division of IOJ, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. So, in commemoration of Jamaica 60, LH has mounted a display on the history of LH in the Garvey Great Hall at LH, entitled, LIBERTY HALL: A BEACON IN THE COMMUNITY – THEN AND NOW. Members of the public are invited to come view the display, whether as part of the tour of the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Multimedia Museum, or if you just have an interest to learn more about Liberty Hall. The display will be up until October 2022.


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