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Day 365 of 365 Things to Do, See & Eat in Jamaica – Visit the Birthplace of Poet Claude McKay

Claude McKay
Written by Staff Writer

Claude McKay, a well known writer and poet, was born in James Hill, Clarendon, in 1889. Once he finished his elementary schooling, he worked as an apprentice to a cabinet maker and wheelwright in St. Ann. He went to Kingston in 1910 and joined the constabulary force. His first volume of poems “Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads” won the Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica and was published in 1912. He migrated to the United States and became one of the leading writers of the Harlem Renaissance. He died in Chicago and was buried in New York. McKay was posthumously awarded the Order of Jamaica in 1977 in recognition of his contribution to literature.

About 365 Things to Do, See and Eat in Jamaica
Jamaica has so many unique foods, places and events to offer. These things are often missed by visitors to Jamaica and even locals. Our goal is to have you try new things and see what Jamaica has to fully offer with something to do 365 days of the year. Please note that these are all our opinions and we are always open to suggestions.

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