PHOTO FLASHBACK: The Maroons 231st Anniversary, Published January 15, 1968
THE MAROONS of Accompong celebrated the 231st anniversary of their treaty with the British January 8 with the ancient on music of the "gumbe" and the famed "Abeng" which once rang out through the hills warning the warriors of the approach of British forces.
From Sunday night preparations started for the celebrations, and pigs and chickens were cooked early on Monday morning at a spot called Guinea Grass, about a mile from the historic cave where Maroon Chief Cudjoe made peace with the English in 1737.
At Guinea Grass a band of three musicians playing two hand drums and a "gumbe" (a square topped bonho drum standing on our feet) kept up a steady tempo from early morning while the women danced the traditional "myal" dance.
A little after midday the sound of the abeng rang out in the cavernous hills and a procession of frenzied dancers, led by the abeng bugler, stumbled into the clearing of Guinea Grass from the surrounding bushes. They had come from the spot where Cudjoe's house once stood.
Menu – Boiled pork, chicken. The Maroons then feasted. The roasted and boiled yam, and roasted plantain, all cooked without salt.
The function was presided over by Colonel Wright and short addresses were given by ex-Colonel J. W. Robertson, Major Arnold Anderson, and Mr Joseph Salmon, secretary of the Maroon Council.
The present Chief of Colonel of the Accompong Maroons is Mr Martell L. Wright, a 50-year-old grocer and farmer, who was elected to the post in November of last year and who will rule for the next five years when new elections are scheduled.
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