MIAMI — HistoryMiami has announced it will host the Bob Marley Messenger exhibition endorsed by the Marley family from Oct.11 — Jan. 5. Miami is the last stop of the traveling exhibition before it heads to the birthplace of Bob Marley, Nine Mile in Jamaica.
The unique exhibition, curated by the prestigious Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE, will open at HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., with a 7 p.m. celebration on Thursday, Oct. 10 featuring local reggae band Jahfe, followed by a family festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Bob Marley Messenger explores Marley as a private, spiritual man, as a powerful performer whose lyrics gave voice to the disenfranchised, and as a legend who continues to inspire legions of fans since his death more than 30 years ago.
General admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and students with ID; $5 for children ages 6 -12; and children under six free. Call 305-375-1492, visit historymiami.org
The exhibition brings together diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more from the private collection of the Marley family. Among the board array of items visitors will see are:
• Marley’s famous Les Paul guitar; • Photographs of Marley both on and off stage;
• Ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia; and, • Interactives such as a drumming station that allows visitors to learn how to play reggae beat.
“My father’s message of peace and unity was always of great importance to him and to our family,” said Ziggy Marley. “Especially in the current times, it seems appropriate to remind the world of what he stood for and hopefully, by honoring him, we can all make efforts to live our lives with the same message.”
HistoryMiami is committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.
“What an honor to host this exhibition,” said Stuart Chase, museum director. “Bob Marley once said, ‘In this bright future, you can’t forget the past.’ When we open the doors to this exhibition on Thursday, Oct. 10, I think Robert Nesta Marley would be happy to see his legacy and message still alive and thriving in Miami.”