The Rastafari Studies Conference & General Assembly 2013

The University of the West Indies, Mona

August 12, 2013 – August 16, 2013

"Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Coral Gardens Massacre"

As Jamaica proudly celebrates her fiftieth jubilee of political independence, the Rastafari Movement also marks the fiftieth anniversary of Coral Gardens Massacre, an event that still haunts the wider society through the perennial, but unanswered, Rastafari calls for justice. The new nation-state less than one year old - during the Easter Holy Week, became embroiled in a series of violent events in the Coral Gardens and Rose Hall areas of St. James. On Holy Thursday April 11, 1963, six bearded men assumed to be Rastafarians attacked a gas station in Coral Gardens. They were reportedly armed with guns and machetes. This resulted in a skirmish and the death of two policemen, and six civilians including three of the assailants.



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U.W.I. Mona’s Location

The Mona campus is located in Northern Kingston and lies only 15 minutes (driving) from the central hub of Half-Way-Tree. The nearest commercial area is Papine, which is less than 5 minutes away travelling by motor vehicle. Travelling between these points costs only $80.00 (JMD) by public passenger motor vehicles. Taxi stands are located at Irvine Gate on the Main Road leading to Papine.

The primary conference facilities are located in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. It is bounded by the Ring Road and in close proximity to canteens, banks and Internet services on the campus.

Facilities on Campus:

There are four banking institutions on the University campus: Scotia Bank (Bank of Nova Scotia – B.N.S.), the National Commercial Bank (N.C.B.), the Jamaica National Building Society (J.N.B.S.) and the Mona Co-operative Credit Union. Automatic teller machines are also at various locations across the campus. Visitors from overseas should note that the automatic teller machine at B.N.S. allows dual currency cash withdrawals, that is, in U.S. or Jamaican dollars.

There are also a number of eateries on campus, including the franchises Juici Patties and Kentucky Fried Chicken; Deli-Xpress; VIHOPE Foods; and Bee Hive. The latter is located on the Ring Road adjacent to the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Most facilities have opening hours from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm with limited vegetarian meals available at most.