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Currie is new Maroons leader

Regional 08 Mar, 2021 Follow News

Richard Currie has promised to reform the Maroons

Jamaican Maroons have a new leader in Richard Currie who has promised to update the island’s proud and historic community.

The Maroons descend from Africans who escaped from slavery in Jamaica and established free communities in the mountainous interior, primarily in the eastern parishes. Escaped Africans who were enslaved during Spanish rule over Jamaica (1493–1656) were the first to develop such refugee communities.

Currie, 43, was elected the new colonel of the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth last month. He is the youngest person to become colonel. Currie polled 681 votes for victory over his closest rival, the incumbent Ferron Williams who amassed 400 votes. Currie led a campaign that focused mainly on bringing change to the Accompong Maroons, including infrastructure development and economic independence. He said: "I affirm I will represent Maroons with honour who are both home and abroad on the international stage amongst the family of nations.”

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