Marcus Garvey bust unveiling at Brent Museum

18 August 2016

Marcus Garvey statue in Brent MuseumAn event was held yesterday evening to unveil the bust of Marcus Garvey which will now be on permanent display in Brent Museum.


Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) became a leader of the Pan-Africanism movement and founder of the UNIA-ACL (Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League). An inspirational political thinker and orator, his ideas have inspired political leaders and civil rights activists across the globe.


The project to arrange for the inclusion of his bust in the Museum has been a collaboration between the Brent Museum and Archives team and the Friendsof Marcus Garvey Collective.


Guests listened to speeches from Cllr James Allie, Dawn Butler MP, Jamaican Deputy High Commissioner Angela Rose-Howell and the Political and Economic Minister at Ghana High Commission Peter Taylor.


An audio-visual presentation on the history of Marcus Garvey and Garveyism was given by Kwaku, a representative from community organisation BTWSC (Beyond The Will Smith Challenge).


The grand unveiling then took place in the museum. Angela Rose-Howell did the honours, removing the cloth draped over the case which had been arrange to mirror a Pan-African flag, after a count down with a difference from the large crowd of "red, black, green".


The public can now view the bust in the Brent Museum on the second floor of the Library at Willesden Green Cultural Centre.