Her Excellency Epsy Campbell Barr, First Vice President of Costa Rica, paid her first visit to the National Gallery of Jamaica on June 17, 2019. She has been attending the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2019 which is being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre. She was welcomed by Chairman of the National Gallery, Senator Tom Tavares-Finson, Deputy Chair Ms Marigold Harding, the Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica Mr. Vivian Crawford, as well as Senior Director Dr. Jonathan Greenland and Chief Curator Mr. O’Neil Lawrence.
Visiting the Gallery was an important part of Ms. Campbell Barr’s journey in reconnecting with her Jamaican roots; her grandmother was a Kingstonian who moved to Costa Rica. Ms. Campbell Barr was interested in the works depicting Jamaica’s socio-political history, as well as the Jamaican traditions that she was familiar with: Jonkunnu and the Nine Night. She was also particularly interested in works featuring National Hero Marcus Garvey. Garvey is also a national hero in Costa Rica due to his work there in Black social upliftment and is also a particular hero of Ms. Campbell Barr.
Ms. Campbell Barr is Costa Rica’s first woman of African descent to be Vice President and she is a leading economist. She has been the head of the Center for Women of African Descent, the Alliance of Leaders of African Descent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Black Parliament of the Americas. She has participated in several conferences and meetings around the world, as the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
In addition to her other achievements Campbell Barr has written books and articles on topics such as democracy, inclusion, political and economic participation of women, people of African descent, sexism and racism, among others. She is an expert on issues of social development, equity, political participation of women and African descent.