New Special Exhibit at the Penn Museum - BEARING WITNESS: FOUR DAYS IN WEST KINGSTON

New Special Exhibit at the Penn Museum – BEARING WITNESS: FOUR DAYS IN WEST KINGSTON

New Special Exhibit at the Penn Museum

BEARING WITNESS: FOUR DAYS IN WEST KINGSTON

By Fahima Shobarna

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A new exhibit Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston, is unlike a lot of the exhibits already at the Penn Museum. I suggest checking this special exhibit out because it is about a very recent (2010) series of events that took place in Jamaica involving state violence. The exhibit focuses on the way Jamaicans use cultural expression to deal with the violence and sheds light on the United States silence about the issue.

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This exhibit is a great opportunity to hear personal stories of the people who witnessed the violence and see news clips, interviews and photographs showing aspects of U.S. involvement in Jamaica over time. There is a display of the musical traditions that is important to the formation of West Kingston and around the exhibit there are beautiful arrangements representing Jamaican spiritual traditions such as rituals, celebrations, and memorials.

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I hope STAMP teens take time to check out this exciting new exhibit because it is only here for a few more months. It is open until July 15, 2018 so take advantage of the STAMP pass and enjoy your time at the museum. Share the experience with your family, friends, and spread the word about the exhibit!

Museum Hours

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
First Wednesdays 10:00am – 8:00pm
Monday CLOSED