This is an amazing and inspiration exhibition – well worth seeing.
Yesterday evening the Jamaican High Commissioner, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan CD, joined the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Leader of Leeds City Council for the preview of a special new exhibition. “Eulogy” celebrates the lives, journeys and heritage of the first generation of Jamaicans who arrived in Leeds in the 1940s to 60s, and who are no longer with us.
Susan Pitter, curator of the Eulogy exhibition, explained how the eulogies on the orders of service at the funerals of this community were always accompanied by a photograph which most Jamaicans had taken at a local studio, usually Gerald Donne at 105 Chapeltown Road or Roberts Studio on Roundhay Road. Together, the photos and eulogies tell rich life stories and often reveal new details about a whole generation – new even to family members who have known them all their lives. “We’ve spent the past few months gathering precious family mementoes of first-generation Jamaicans. Traditionally, their funeral programmes…
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