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Accompong festival organisers say non-traditional vendors not welcomed

Source: Jamaica Star As Jamaica prepares for its 275th celebration of the Accompong Festival on Sunday January 6th, organizers of the event in St Elisabeth have raised the ‘not welcomed’ … Continue reading

January 5, 2013

Praise for Accompong book ‘My Father Said’

Colonel Ferron Williams of the Accompong Maroons and professor Verene Shepherd of the University of the West Indies have both lauded the book ‘My Father Said’, written by Deputy Colonel … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Jamaica’s Maroon Day: Accompong remembers the treaty of 1738

Once again, the Maroons of Western Jamaica have celebrated the annual Accompong Maroon Festival with much gusto. The event was held over the course of the past weekend, starting on … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Accompong Town gets Internet cafe

Source: Jamaica Observer SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The Maroon community of Accompong Town in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, now has an Internet café, which was established through funding from the … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

Jamaican Maroons demand autonomy

‘We want to be recognized by Jamaican Constitution’, says Maroon chief Source: Jamaica Observer, Horace Hines ACCOMPONG TOWN, St Elizabeth — Colonel Fearon Williams of the Accompong maroons last week … Continue reading

February 14, 2011

Tyshan Wright: maker of traditional Maroon ornaments

Story by Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner One of the biggest ironies of the annual Accompong Town Maroons’ celebrations over the last several years is the influx of vendors selling non-traditional … Continue reading

February 3, 2010

Jamaican chief signals return to traditional customs

Story by  Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams, has said there will be no more downtown market layout for future Accompong celebrations, as the practice … Continue reading

February 3, 2010 · 2 Comments

Jamaicans Celebrate Accompong Maroon Festival

On January 6, 2010, thousands of Jamaicans will travel to St. Elizabeth to partake in the annual Maroon Festival in Accompong. The day usually starts with the blowing of the … Continue reading

January 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Maroon power vacuum – Battle lines drawn in Accompong as leadership squabble stirs debate

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner In the Sovereign State of Accompong, St Elizabeth, a political stalemate of sorts is brewing among the Trelawney (sic) Town Maroons. On one side is … Continue reading

July 8, 2009

Lessons from Accompong: No murders in 20 years

Source: Mark Beckford, Jamaica Gleaner As Jamaica grapples with the debilitating effects of crime and violence, the indigenous community of Accompong in St. Elizabeth stands out like an 18th-century Englishman … Continue reading

February 8, 2009

Accompong Maroons creating tourism product

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Some 300 years ago, the Junitavan Lagoon, nestled in the hills and valleys of the Cockpit Country, was an inviting and central feature of the community of … Continue reading

August 12, 2008

Jamaican Maroons fight to preserve tradition

Source: Peter Kavanaugh,  Jamaica Gleaner It’s January 6, 2008. In the distance you can hear the haunting, melodious tones of the abeng, the traditional war horn of the Maroons, as … Continue reading

May 8, 2008

‘Maroon culture in jeopardy’ – Commercialisation of treaty ceremony worries Accompong

Source: Claudia Gardner, Jamaica Gleaner Some Accompong Maroons in St. Elizabeth are expressing concerns about the increasing commercialisation of their Peace Treaty Celebrations which, they contend, is threatening to devalue … Continue reading

January 10, 2008 · 1 Comment

Maroons unite in defense of Cockpit Country

Source: Garfield Myers , Jamaica Observer Accompong Town, St Elizabeth – Maroons from across Jamaica came together in Accompong Town for the annual January 6 celebration on Saturday, insisting they … Continue reading

February 15, 2007 · 2 Comments

JLP hails Maroon festival

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While environmentalist and bauxite interests continue to battle over the Cockpit Country, the Accompong Maroons who occupy a section of this area rich in flora and fauna … Continue reading

January 8, 2007