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After four years of reporting news stories on Maroon communities in the Americas, Abeng Central is shutting down. This is the final post.
I hope you have enjoyed reading the stories as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. To me, the blog’s editor, the past four years have not only been a period of great education; Abeng Central has also been my avenue to many a new good friend. I’d like to thank you, dear reader, for your generous feedback, your comments and your suggestions. It’s been a pleasure spending this time with you.
In parting, I’d like to share with you two articles on the (recently held) 5th Jamaican Maroon Conference. Courtesy of newspapers Jamaica Observer and The Gleaner.
Charles Town to put maroon culture on show
Charles Town Maroons will be throwing open their doors to visitors from around the island and overseas during the 5th Annual Charles Town International Maroon Conference and Celebrations from June 21-23 in the Portland community.
The conference will be staged under the theme ‘Maroon Lands, Laws & Cultures’.
Read full article at the Jamaica Observer
Charles Town gets a taste of Suriname
Charles Town, Portland: The participation of the Suriname delegation in the fifth Charles Town Maroon conference in Portland last weekend was highly anticipated as the Jamaican Maroons and their Surinamese counterparts have much in common in terms of their rich history and heritage. And the three women, Maggie Schmeitz, Monique Pintoe, and Ijna Vrede, who made up the delegation, certainly enhanced the richness of this year’s event with their colourful presence and clothes, their hike to an 18th-century coffee plantation, and the serving of a traditional soup.