She and Marcus Garvey married on 25 December 1919, but the marriage quickly broke down, ending in divorce in 1922. There followed lawsuits and counter suits for annulment, divorce, alimony and bigamy. Garvey divorced Ashwood in Missouri in 1922 and quickly married Amy Jacques, Ashwood’s former roommate and maid of honor. Marcus Garvey accused Ashwood of infidelity, theft, alcoholism and laziness. Amy Ashwood reportedly never accepted the divorce and contended to the end of her days that she was the “real” Mrs. Garvey.
- Born 10 January 1897 and died 11 May 1969
- Jamaican Pan-Africanist activist and first wife of Marcus Garvey
- Opened the Florence Mills Social Club in Carnaby Street, a jazz club which became a gathering spot for supporters of Pan-Africanism
- Chaired an enquiry into race relations following the murder of Kelso Cochrane
- There is a plaque dedicated to Amy Ashwood Garvey at 1 Bassett Road, London W10.
Sukant Chandan from Sons of Malcolm was the project manager of the Hidden Herstories project.