The Ministry of Youth and Culture will be lobbying for greater national recognition of the Maroons.
Principal Director of Culture in the Ministry, Dahlia Harris, said there is need to pay greater homage to the Maroon community which fought the white slave-masters and forced them into a treaty.
“The vision is that we will put together a concept paper that will be presented to Cabinet, which says that this is a national issue that needs to be addressed … We really want to see how we can get this done and get this moved,” she said.
Harris was speaking at the final in the Signature Conversations series held on Sunday, August 10 at the Institute of Jamaica Lecture Hall on East Street in Kingston.
The director said the Maroons not only resisted slavery but inspired others during the period of enslavement as well.
She said discussion on the Maroons is critical, noting that nationally, they are viewed in different ways “depending on who you speak to and at what level.”
Harris also noted that the ministry was still pursuing efforts to get the Blue and John Crow Mountains in eastern Jamaica recognised as a World Heritage Site.
The area is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, being home to the Maroons, whose traditions were recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it is to the World Heritage Committee of this body that Jamaica has applied for the site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.