The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) researches, documents, and disseminates information on African heritage and its impact on Jamaican culture. The division highlights the contribution of African cultural retentions to Jamaican belief systems to instil awareness and appreciation of African culture as a part of Jamaican heritage. The services of the division are as follows:

1) The JamaIca Memory Bank (JMB) – The JMB documents Jamaica’s social history by recording the memories of senior citizens. Many audio- and video-recorded interviews have been chronicled in all parishes by a team of researchers.

2) The Research Unit – A team of researchers conduct research on Caribbean history and culture and present their findings at lecture presentations, seminars, and symposia.

3) The Education/Outreach Unit – The Education /Outreach Officer conducts lectures/presentations based on information documented by the researchers. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, these sessions are currently transmitted in digital format on ACIJ/JMB’s social media platforms.

4) The Publications Unit – The Publications Officer disperses research data to the public, publicises the division’s events, and monitors and updates the division’s social media platforms. The Publications Unit also sells ACIJ/JMB publications and the Institute of Jamaica publications and items. Sales have been curtailed, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

5) The Library – The specialised multi-media reference Library is a storehouse of hundreds of oral history interviews. The Library also has a vast collection of books and periodicals on Africa and African retentions in the Caribbean and a wide variety of video clips on cultural events and folk forms, stored for research use. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Library is now closed to the public.


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