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Political Ombudsman hails Maroons

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2016 | 1:00 AM

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has hailed the Accompong Town Maroons of St Elizabeth for retaining and upholding the African heritage and passing it on to their children and grandchildren.

"Among the several Maroon settlements in Jamaica, Accompong remains the largest and one of the few places in Jamaica where African heritage in its purest state can be observed. Your heritage has remained relatively untouched by the wider Jamaican society. Thank you for giving us a glimpse through your re-enactments, your dances, music and other preserved forms," she said.

She was delivering the keynote address at the annual celebration to mark the signing of the peace treaty with Britain and also observe the birthday of Captain Kojo, held on Wednesday in the community.

"Today, we gather to join with you ... in honouring and remembering your courage, strategic planning and skills, and to celebrate the memory of Captain Kojo, who led his troops of runaway enslaved Africans and free people, in defeating the power of the British militia, never losing a battle and, in the end, guaranteeing your freedom," Parchment Brown said.

She informed that the Maroons were among the first Americans after the Tainos, who, in the wake of the 1492 invasion of Spain resisted colonial domination, striving for independence, forging new cultures and identities, and developing solidarity out of diversity.