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Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 12:12 AMPaul H. Williams

    Zedekiah Inglington of Dumfries, St Thomas, was only 15 years old when he witnessed the exhumation of the skeletons at the back of the Morant Bay courthouse. The inquisitive youngster had heard that officials were there digging up a...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Plans by the National Water Commission (NWC) to reactivate several of its unused wells, as part of short-term measures to alleviate the impact of the prevailing drought, could be stymied by the state of these facilities.Last week, Water Minister...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

A few weeks ago, when Pastor Clementa Pinckney and seven members of his congregation were gunned down by a man in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many people heard of the AME Church for the very first...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

In 1965, some 100 years after the Morant Bay Rebellion, a statue sculpted by Edna Manley was mounted in front of the St Thomas parish capital's couthouse.Affixed to the mount was a name plaque with 'Paul Bogle' etched into it.Paul Bogle was one of...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

When Edna Manley was commissioned to do a statue of Paul Bogle in 1962, it was said she wanted a Bogle relative, whose image would depict the strength and spirit of Paul Bogle.But the popular anecdote is that people with the Bogle surname were not...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

On February 2, 1925, in Cornwall Barracks, Portland, Katherine White gave birth to Euphemia, fathered by Archibald Bartlett. She was their third child, who would eventually attend Moore Town Elementary.At 18 years old,...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

REVIVALISM IN Jamaica evolved out of Myalism, another Afrocentric religion whose purpose was to rid the land of evil charms and to heal the spiritually and physically afflicted.The emergence of Revivalism came in the 1860s with two different...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

CHARLES TOWN, Portland:THE THEME of this year's seventh annual International Charles Town Maroon conference, held June 20 to 23, at Charles Town, Portland, was 'Maroons, Indigenous People and Indigeneity'.And to support the conference and its theme...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

It was romanticised, it is talked about, it was a magnet that pulled people from all over eastern Jamaica to its sparkling embrace from decades.It evolved into a social destination, a public shower if you will. But Roselle Falls in St Thomas has...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

On Saturday, May 16, The Gleaner told the story of Alexander Lee, the St Catherine amateur singer who fathers eight...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

EVIVALISTS BELIEVE the spiritual and the earthly realms are one. The living and the departed, therefore, can communicate with each other. "Therefore, the living can become possessed and influenced by the spirits of the dead," Olive Senior writes in...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

A GENETICALLY modified organism (GMO), also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques and synthetic chemicals. The process is considered unnatural.The GMOs have been...

Published:Saturday | June 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

MYALISM WAS a religious movement started by Africans who were brought to Jamaica to work on plantations. It was regarded as one of the first anti-slavery movements as Myalists worked to free themselves from enslavement, an evil caused by European...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 11:03 PMPaul H. Williams

MYAL PEOPLE believed in the eradication of evil and ridding the land of obeah charms as they prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ."Whereas obeah could be directed at harming someone through charms and curses ... Myalism was really anti-witchcraft...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Claris Wager-wood's 'triumphant' last day at infant school was the talk of the district for weeks. How dare she and her auntie, Miss Rhoda, disrespect Miss Gordon, her infant school teacher, they fumed. But aunt and niece didn't care aboutpeople's...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

In October 1865, Paul Bogle, a well-to-do black man from Stony Gut, St Thomas; George William Gordon, a coloured politician; and more than 400 peasants were killed by the authorities in St Thomas. Stony Gut was ravished by fire, which destroyed...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

St Thomas, Jamaica's most easterly parish,is a region of great geographical diversity.At the extreme north, the Blue Mountain range stretches across the parish.The wetlands are concentrated in the southeast - all the way to the Morant Point...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

SOUTHAVEN, St Thomas: Southaven is a sprawling seaside housing estate near Yallahs in St Thomas. Its development started in the 1960s, but there are still many empty lots, and a few unfinished houses.On paper, and in concept, it looks like a place...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

From the very beginning, the story of the life of Howard Alfred Davis, born September 19, 1970, as the fourth child of Lawrence and Dorothy Davis, has been very colourful.He was born with black and blue skin and...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

It is a tradition that dates to pre-emancipation, wakes and a nine-night to mark the passing of a loved one. But in many communities across Jamaica that has evolved to mirror more of a dancehall session than the tradition started by our forefathers...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 11:11 PMPaul H. Williams

THE WORLD is in a soil-health crisis, to the extent that this year is the International Year of the Soil, so designated to focus on soil-health restoration.And according to St Elizabeth farmer and soil-health advocate Mark Brooks, the situation in...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The National Commission on Reparations has been steadfast against arguments opposing reparations and is, in fact, stepping up its fight.During a recent Gleaner Editors' Forum, the message from the chairman of The National Commission for Reparations...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The evolution of Myalism - Part 1FRICAN PEOPLE have always had their own religious ideologies and philosophies, their own explanations for their existence and hereafter. They are fully aware of the universal conflict between evil and good forces,...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

IT IS no secret that the world is in a soil-health crisis, and according to recognised soil-health advocate, St Elizabeth vegetable farmer, Mark Brooks, the situation in Jamaica is dire. Low crop yields and poor-quality produce are the result of the...

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer

I WAS drawn to Alexander Lee by his soulful singing voice. He was selling mangoes at the intersection of East and North streets, near The Gleaner building some weeks ago,...

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