Maroons Celebrate 284 Years of Freedom, During Pandemic

Ahead of the deadly incident our news team last evening journeyed to the hilly terrain of Accompong town in St. Elizabeth to capture the festivities of the Maroon’s 284th year of freedom. The highly ritualistic celebration commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1739 Peace Treaty with the British. The historical town came alive.

Despite warnings from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, scores of people from far and wide joined in the celebration. For vendors, they say sales were slow compared to previous years. Chief Richard Currie says he found the JCF’s advisory to patrons not to attend the event, surprising.