Institute of Jamaica

Moon Author's Review

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was founded in 1879 by Governor General Anthony Musgrave to encourage "Literature, Science and Art," as the letters on the main building's facade read. The institute has several divisions: Natural History, National Gallery, National Library, Museum of History and Ethnography, African-Caribbean Institute, and Liberty Hall. It is directed by Vivian Crawford, a multifaceted man who claims Maroon heritage, and chaired by UWI professor Barry Chevannes. The IOJ publishes an excellent series called Jamaica Journal, which delves into a range of contemporary topics from dancehall music to sea sponges off Port Royal to national heroes. It's a great way to get a glimpse at the introspective side of the Jamaican people.

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