The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) will be releasing a Jamaica 50 commemorative book titled Our Golden Jubilee: Snapshots of Post Independent Jamaica 1962-2012. This is a compilation of picture-perfect moments in Jamaica's history from its Independence to this year and with each picture, a general story about the captured moment will be told. Donna-Marie Rowe, executive producer of the project and chief executive officer of the JIS, said the publication is an invaluable collectors item to commemorate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence.
The book contains rare images of the founding fathers of Jamaica, seminal moments and challenges in the birth of a nation, and the leaders who have guided the country through the past 50 years. Barbara Gloudon, veteran journalist, who wrote the foreword, said it is a well-needed publication.
Photographer Howard Moo Young contributed photographs, the National Dance Theatre Company, the Little Theatre Movement and Dorothy Whyte, whose late father was a Garveyite, also contributed images.
The JIS is grateful to main sponsor, Guardian Life Limited, member of the Guardian Holdings Limited. President Eric Hosen is pleased to have partnered with the JIS and Jamaicans to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary. The book is one of several projects being undertaken by the JIS to mark Jamaica's Golden Jubilee.
Other projects include: a commemorative webpage on the agency's award-winning website, a travelling photo exhibition which was introduced in June, a JIS Jamaica 50 newspaper supplement, as well as radio and television features showcasing the nation's history. The book will be released later this month.