Liberty Hall was purchased by the Kingston Division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in March 1923. In Marcus Garvey’s time it served as the venue of UNIA meetings, operated small businesses, and hosted spectacular cultural and intellectual programmes for the entertainment and education of people of African descent. Throughout the decades the use of the property changed with its owners, but Liberty Hall remained an important cultural site in Kingston. Liberty Hall Kingston was the first meeting place in Jamaica that was fully owned by Blacks. The property changed ownerships several times and in 1987 it was purchased by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) and subsequently declared a national monument as part of Garvey’s centenary celebration.
In 2002 through the efforts of the Friends of Liberty Hall, the GOJ, the JNHT and the Ministry of Entertainment, Youth and Culture, the building was renovated and on October 20, 2003 its doors were reopened under a new name: Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey. Today it houses the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Multimedia Museum, the first multimedia museum in the Caribbean and the only museum in the world dedicated to the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Through its educational symposium SANKOFA and the Annual Marcus Mosiah Garvey Lecture as well as its programmes, it canonizes Garvey’s philosophy, opinions and tenets.
We honour Dr. Donna McFarlane O.D., the first Director/Curator of Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey. Her Labour was to make Liberty Hall a liberated space and place of possibility.
Liberty Hall continues to be a Mecca for Garveyites, historians and scholars inside and outside academia, members of the surrounding communities, Jamaicans and visitors from all over the world. The primary mission of Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey is to inform the public about the work of Jamaica’s First National Hero, and to use his philosophy and opinions to inspire, excite and positively affect the self-identity of Jamaican people, while creating social and economic wealth.