National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure


This news from the National Library of Jamaica (headed by the awesome Beverley Lashley) cheered me up quite a bit!

June 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure

Kingston, Jamaica: A signed copy of one of the first books written by the late Hon. Dr.  Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley OM, OJ has been discovered at a second-hand book sale in the United Kingdom (UK). The book titled, Anancy Stories and Jamaica Dialect Poems was written in 1944 and contains some of the first poems penned by the cultural icon.

The book was unearthed in a fundraising book sale organised by the 1st Broomfield Scout Group (founded in 1918) led by, Mr. Roger Cole and his wife Sue. “When we found the book, rather than selling it, we did some research and contacted the National Library of Jamaica immediately,” said Cole.

Left to Right: Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mrs. Angela Rose Howell; Mrs. Sue Cole (wife of Roger Cole), Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; His Excellency Mr. Seth George Ramocan; 1st Broomfield Scout Leader, Mr. Roger Cole; National Librarian/CEO, Miss Beverley Lashley participate in a photo op at the official handing over ceremony held at the High Jamaican High Commission in London on Tuesday May 29, 2018. (Photo: National Library of Jamaica)

This collection features ‘Anancy’, the trickster spider-man who was imported from the Ashanti tribe of West Africa, by slaves, and is here reflected with the Jamaican twists to his legends. Anancy became emblematic of the trials and triumphs of the African descendants in Jamaica.

National Librarian/CEO, NLJ, Beverley Lashley, expressed her delight at the find, “We at the NLJ are all about building the national collection, and we are truly ecstatic that the NLJ will have this treasure to share with Jamaicans and the world.

An official handing-over ceremony was held at the office of the Jamaican High Commission in London on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The NLJ is proud to bring home one of the works of “Jamaica’s Queen of Comedy” and cultural icon, Miss Lou to its rightful home at the National Library of Jamaica. This treasure joins the illustrious Miss Lou Archives housed in the Special Collections at the National Library of Jamaica and can be found on our website at http://www.nlj.gov.jm/archives/Miss_Lou/index.html

The NLJ is an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport.

1st Broomfield Scout Leader, Roger Cole (L) presents “Anancy Stories and Jamaica Dialect Poems” by Louise Bennett to National Librarian/CEO, Beverley Lashley. (Photo: National Library of Jamaica)

 


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