Welcome to the ACIJ/JMB

The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica (ACIJ) was established in 1973 as a division of the Institute of Jamaica to deepen public awareness of African cultural retentions and its relationship to other ethnic groups in Jamaica. In 1990, the Jamaica Memory Bank (JMB) was integrated into the ACIJ, forming the ACIJ/JMB. The JMB documents Jamaica’s social history via audiovisual recordings of the memories of senior citizens throughout the country.

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Explore Our Children’s Corner

The Children’s Corner features articles based on Jamaica’s history and culture. The articles are followed by a fill-in-the–blanks comprehension test.

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KOHA – Our Online Library Catalogues

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    Our Programmes @ a glance

    Our services are available online. Our researchers, outreach and education officers are experts in areas of African and Caribbean ethos. 


    The outreach offered by the ACIJ/JMB seeks to supplement the paucity of information relating to the intangible cultural heritage contributions of Africans, as well as other ethnic groups that is absent from the formal educational system.

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    Signature Events

    Febraury and Open House are signature events held annually in Feburary and October to disseminate information about the contribution of traditional cultural retentions to Jamaican belief systems. 


    Primary focus is to disseminate and archive information on African heritage and its impact on Jamaican culture. It also examines how our African culture relates to other migrant cultures which have become a part of the Jamaican landscape.

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