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Bearing Witness

Four Days in West Kingston

Free with General Admission
Closed on April 26, 2020

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  • The personal stories of the people who witnessed the violence.
  • News clips, interviews, and photographs showing aspects of U.S. involvement in Jamaica over time.
  • A display of the music traditions integral to the formation of West Kingston. .
  • Beautiful arrangements representing Jamaican spiritual traditions such as rituals, celebrations, and memorials. .


In May 2010, the “Tivoli Incursion,” a standoff between Jamaican security forces and a local drug trafficker and community leader wanted for extradition by the United States government, resulted in the death of at least 75 civilians in West Kingston on the island of Jamaica. This new exhibition—part art installation, part memorial, and part call to action—sheds light on those events through compelling video and audio footage featuring firsthand accounts of people directly impacted by the violence.

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