A/V: Mona Mural Model

Here’s a good story. Those of you who are familiar with the beautiful and historic square mile site of the UWI’s founding Mona Campus in Jamaica may recall a large, colourful mural on the three-storey external wall of the Assembly Hall. It commemorates the 1979 Year of the Child and is one of two on the campus done by Belgian artist Claude Rahir. The other is on the front wall of the Caribbean School of Media & Communication (CARIMAC).

The Year of the Child mural depicts a wide range of Jamaicans. And  a viewer might perhaps wonder what was the story behind the images; whether they were ‘real’ people and if so, who they were and how they came to be represented. They might be right to wonder. Here is one of those stories:

It is told by Kaywana de Castro who was a ‘Campus Kid’; growing up on the Mona site where her father was a lecturer.  She visited the UWI Museum with her mother and a friend many years later, and of course we can’t hear a good UWI story without reaching for a recording device! Enjoy!

And if you’re interested, the UWI’s three landed campuses – Mona, St Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago and Cave Hill in Barbados – all have several pieces of public art on display. And as Open Campus Deputy Principal Julie Meeks points out, several Open Campus sites also have artworks including some on public display. Many stories to tell!


  1. Dear Suzanne You highlighted artwork at the 3 landed campuses, but you should note that among the nearly 50 Open Campus sites (several of which pre-date St Augustine as a UWI campus or Cave Hill) we also have artwork.  This includes a mural at the Camp Road Site in Kingston.  I am going to try to put together some photos for you. BestJulie


    • I really enjoyed hearing Kaywana’s story. It’s strange because my sister Janet Blackwood and I Judith spent quite a bit of time with Kaywana and Kimmy at their home when we were kids because our mom Merlene Blackwood worked on campus in the Administrators office.. Great memories eating green mangos with vinegar and salt


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