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Amy Ashwood Garvey Memorabilia

Identifier: SC58

Scope and Contents

The collection, containing an envelope and a long-playing record, sheds light on the friendship between Amy Ashwood Garvey and Thelma Rogers of Trinidad and Tobago. They met while Amy Garvey was in Trinidad and Tobago during 1954-55, lecturing to women's organizations. It also records their involvement with an Afro-Women's Centre in London. Rogers admits that her life was never the same after meeting Garvey, who was a source of inspiration to her. The long-playing record consists of recollections of Marcus Garvey, narrated by his wife. The record entitled 'Up you Mighty race" is stored in the audiovisual collection.


  • Creation: 1954-1967

Biographical / Historical

Amy Ashwood Garvey was the first wife of Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Their 1919 marriage was short-lived as, three years later (1922), he married his second wife Amy Jacques Garvey. Biographer Tony Martin describes Amy Ashwood Garvey as a "precocious child who grew into a talented, attractive woman of expansive horizons and boundless energy ... A restless figure, she lived or sojourned in Jamaica, Panama, the United States, England, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and Las Palmas, among other places."


0.25 Linear Feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Thelma Rogers in September 1989.

Amy Ashwood Garvey Memorabilia
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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
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