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Liberty Hall Curator Donna McFarlane has died

Friday, January 26, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Curator of Liberty Hall, Dr Donna McFarlane died yesterday after ailing for some time.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said that with her passing, Jamaica is mourning the loss of another of its outstanding women.

Grange said McFarlane — who died yesterday after ailing for some time — leaves behind “an invaluable legacy” in the work she did as director/curator of Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey, conceptualising and developing the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Multimedia Museum, the only museum in the world dedicated to the national hero.

The minister said the nation is thankful that Dr McFarlane, who with the philosophies of Marcus Garvey as her guide, made Liberty Hall a community-based institution which has put a high premium on the practical needs of the people living close to the institution.

“Her spectacular work resulted in the creation of the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Multimedia Museum; Garvey Multimedia Computer Centre; Garvey Research/Reference Library; and Community Outreach programmes that include Adult Computer Literacy class, Garvey After-School Programme, and Summer Art.

“The African and Diasporic courses of study offered have sought to improve the sense of self-worth of our people.”

Grange said McFarlane, who worked for many years overseas, returned to Jamaica “to share the vast experience she had gained and demonstrated love of country a deep desire to play a role in advancing her compatriots.”