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Jamaica: Accompong Maroons’ 283rd Annual Celebration Goes Virtual

For the first time in their 283-year history, the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth held their annual celebration of the signing of the Maroon treaty and the birth of revered hero Cudjoe virtually.

The celebrations were restricted to Maroon residents and few outside guests in physical attendance at the annual January 6 event.

Held under the theme ‘Celebrating The Power of Our Heritage’, the event saw the local Maroons, many wearing masks, engaging in a musical march to the local Kindah Tree, where the Maroon treaty was signed in 1738.

As per tradition, they then had a traditional meal of roast pork and yam before continuing their march to the community’s Cudjoe Monument, followed by several Zoom messages from Jamaica’s government representatives and leaders from other Maroon communities.

The residents also officially received a Coaster bus, which had been handed over by Culture Minister Olivia Grange a few days earlier.

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