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Maroon Day 2010 in Suriname

Source: De Ware Tijd

Suriname celebrated Maroon Day on Sunday October 10, 2010. Festivities were held both in Suriname and its Diaspora. It was a day of speeches, flower offerings, food, drink and dance.

Most notable was the speech of the director of the government department of Regional Development, Patricia Meulenhof. She called for a rewriting of history, stating: β€œIt is time Maroons rewrote the history of their resistance against white oppression. Surinamese children must appreciate that slaves took flight to the jungle in order to have a better life, free of slave masters.”

Maroon Day celebration in the town of Albina, Suriname. (Photo: dWT/Hugo den Boer)

Meulenhof made her speech during formal celebrations at October 10 Square in Paramaribo, where President Desi Bouterse revealed a monument.

October 10 celebrates the victory of Maroons over the Dutch slave masters. Although this war saw many battles and various peace treaties, October 10 in particular commemorates the signing of a peace treaty on October 10, 1760.

Last year, then president Ronald Venetiaan promised the Maroon community that as of 10-10-2010 Maroon Day would be an official holiday in Suriname. He did so upon request of the Foundation October 10. Since then, however, a new government has taken seat. The current rulers have yet to issue a clear statement on whether or not Maroon Day will eventually become a national holiday.

 

 

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3 comments on “Maroon Day 2010 in Suriname

  1. Joy
    October 12, 2010

    Interesting stuff, Anouska. Thanks for posting this! For so many years, I thought Maroons were only common to Jamaica.

    • AK
      October 12, 2010

      Hi Joy,
      Yes, it’s a big Maroon world out there πŸ™‚

    • Paulie
      April 5, 2012

      There are maroons throughout the Americas, including in the US, Mexico, Colombia, French Guiana, the list goes on.

      The difference is that the ones in Jamaica and in Surinam in particular are of Ghanaian ancestry, primarily, as are the general population.

      This is not the case for most of the other countries mentioned.

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