Historic First-Ever Presentation by a Jamaican Accompong Maroon Chief in the United States

Jamaican Accompong Maroon Chief Richard Currie
Jamaican Accompong Maroon Chief Richard Currie

FORT LAUDERDALE — Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, in partnership with the State of Accompong, is honored to announce a historic event featuring a first-ever presentation by a Jamaican Accompong Maroon Chief in the United States. Chief Richard Currie, the Paramount Chief of the Cockpit Country, will be the key presenter for “Sound Di Abeng: An Evening of Reasoning with Chief Richard Currie“.  The Chief will be providing an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the rich heritage and culture of the Maroons.

Event Details:
  • Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Venue: Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, 8000 W. Broward Blvd, Suite 1202, Plantation, FL 33388
  • Registration: www.islandspacefl.org/maroontalk

Chief Currie, a prominent leader and advocate for Indigenous rights. He is eager to share insights into the unique culture of the Maroons with the Caribbean diaspora and the wider community.

The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Dutty Bookman (@duttybookman). Panelist include esteemed Indigenous persons, including Dr. Ben Yisrael (@halleluyahlifestyle). They will delve into Maroon history and their ongoing relevance, addressing both the challenges and achievements of the Accompong Maroons.

The evening will explore:

  • The Rich History of the Maroons in the Caribbean: The Maroons are descendants of enslaved Africans who escaped from plantations and formed independent communities. Notably, the Jamaican Maroons are renowned for their resistance against British colonization, leading to the signing of a peace treaty in 1739 which granted them autonomy and land.
  • Correcting the Narrative: The panel will focus on rectifying misconceptions about the Moors/Maroons, emphasizing their significant contributions to the cultural and historical landscape of the Caribbean.
  • Vision for the Future: Chief Currie will outline his vision for strengthening relationships within local and international Indigenous communities through cultural exchange and empowerment initiatives.

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum is committed to preserving and promoting Caribbean culture and is thrilled to host this groundbreaking event. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet Chief Currie, and engage in enlightening discussions. Plus, partake in a cultural experience like no other.

Island SPACE co-founder David I. Muir remarked, “This event is an unprecedented milestone for Island SPACE and the Maroon community, providing a platform to educate and engage with our diaspora and allies. We aim to foster understanding and build bridges between our past, present and future.”

Interested parties can learn more and reserve their spot at www.islandspacefl.org/maroontalk.

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