Institute of Jamaica mourns former Maroon chief
THE AFRICAN Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank, a division of the Institute of Jamaica, has said it is saddened by the passing of Colonel Sydney Peddie, former leader of the Accompong Town Maroons.
According to a release from the institute, in 1999 and again in 2004, Peddie was elected to serve Colonel, the title given to the head of the Accompong Maroons. During his tenure, he focused on the socio-economic development of the community and brought on board many governmental and non-governmental organisations to help achieve his vision.
"One of the major developments that Colonel Peddie undertook was the renovation of the Accompong Town Museum. This he did with assistance from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and the Institute of Jamaica, through its divisions - the Museums of History & Ethnography and the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB)," said the release.
The ACIJ/JMB had also liaised with Colonel Peddie and the Accompong Town Council to document Maroon oral testimonies and the traditional celebrations associated with Kojo Day, normally referred to as the January 6th celebrations. In 2007, as part of activities to commemorate the Bi-centenary of the Abolition of the Trans Atlantic Trade in Africans, the division was also instrumental in the organisation of an academic Maroon conference in Accompong Town, which highlighted and analysed the history and achievements of the Maroons, the most recent being.
Colonel Peddie will be buried tomorrow in Accompong. He is survived by his widow, Vida; daughter, Yvonne; and step-daughter, Dianne.