Amy Ashwood Garvey Memorabilia

Summary Information

The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies
Rogers, Thelma
Amy Ashwood Garvey Memorabilia
0.25 Linear feet

Preferred Citation note

Amy Ashwood Garvey. The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Biographical/Historical note

Amy Ashwood Garvey, was the first wife of Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Their 1919 marriage was short-lived as, three years later (1922), he married his second wife Amy Jacques Garvey. Biographer Tony Martin describes Amy Ashwood Garvey as a "precocious child who grew into a talented, attractive woman of expansive horizons and boundless energy ... A restless figure, she lived or sojourned in Jamaica, Panama, the United States, England, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and Las Palmas, among other places.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection sheds light on the friendship between Amy Ashwood Garvey and Thelma Rogers of Trinidad and Tobago. They met while Amy Garvey was in Trinidad and Tobago during 1954-55 lecturing to women's organisations. It also records their later involvement with an Afro-Women's Centre in London. Rogers admits that her life was never the same after meeting Garvey who was a source of inspiration to her. The long-playing record consists of recollections of Marcus Garvey, narrated by his wife.The record entitled 'Up you Mighty race" is stored in the audio visual collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies

St. Augustine
868-662-2002 Ext 82132

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Thelma Rogers in Sptember 1989.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ashwood Garvey, Amy , 1897-1969
  • Garvey, Marcus, 1887-1940

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Collection Inventory



18 photographs which include a picture of Amy Garvey, Thelma Rogers, Judy Tudor and others in London and America 

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Correspondence and Memorabilia 


1954, July 3rd : Telegram from Amy Garvey to Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Rogers. 

1954, July 20th: Afro Women's Centre & Residential Club: Correspondence from Amy Ashwood Garvey. 

1954, July 27th: Letter from Amy Ashwood Garvey to Thelma Rogers. 

1955, February 10th: Letter. 

1955, May 9th and 27th December 1955: Afro Women's Centre & Residential Club. Letters from Amy Ashwood Garvey. 

1955, May 1955: Telegram from Amy Garvey to Thelma Rogers. 

1967, July 9th: Letter to Thelma Rogers from Amy Ashwood Garvey. 

1967, December 14th: Letter from Amy Ashwood Garvey. 

1954: Preview by E. Sylvia Pankhurst of Liberia Land of Promise by Amy A. Garvey. 

1989 August 1st: Letter from Thelma Rogers about Amy Ashwood Garvey. 

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