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Jamaica's 19th Century Renaissance Man

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Robert Campbell was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 7, 1829. His mother was the child of Stephen Wood, an Englishman holding the position of Deputy Marshall in the city, and a woman of pure African ancestry, whose parents were both born in Africa. Dr. Joy Lumsden ‘History Month 2007’.

                                                                                                           Here is another documented story supporting the diversity of Jamaica and the strength of the English education system. Mr. Campbell attended the Government Teacher Training College in Spanish Town where English, Latin, Greek, mathematics and geography were well taught.

Shortly after moving to the USA in 1852,  he became an Assistant Principal of ICY (now Cheney University of Pennsylvania). His adventures took him to the United Kingdom and on ‘expedition’ to West Africa.

Join us as we share interesting details of the life and travels of this pioneering and noteworthy Renaissance Man of color. It will be another interesting Labrish 8:00PM Thurs. 4/12/12 in the Backyard where we Celebrate, Enlighten & Preserve the rich diverse culture ofJamaica: ’Land We Love’