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Marcus Garvey Death

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On the 10th June 1940 the Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. passed away.

Marcus Garvey

Born - 17th August 1887 - Died 10 June 1940 (Aged 52)

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Associatiion and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL, commonly known as UNIA), through which he declared himself Provisional President of Africa. Ideologically a black nationalist and Pan-Africanist, his ideas came to be known as Garveyism.

In January 1940, Garvey suffered a stroke which left him largely paralysed. His secretary, Daisy Whyte, took on responsibility for his care. At this point, Padmore spread rumours of Garvey's death; this led to many newspapers publishing premature obituaries, many of which he read. Garvey then suffered a second stroke and died at the age of 52 on 10 June 1940. His body was interred in a vault in the catacombs of St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Kensal Green Cemetery, West London.


Marcus Garvey

A statue of Garvey now stands in Saint Ann's Bay, the town where he was born

Marcus Garvey Statue - Jamaica

Marcus Garvey Statue

Statues erected in his honour

Marcus Garvey Plaque

Blue Plaque at 53 Talgarth Road installed in 2005


Click on video to watch the documentary of his life.