Sunday, March 29, 2009

Book News

Author Sheds Light On Little- Known History Of Maroon Communities

Similar to the critically acclaimed 1991 film "Daughters of the Dust," which was shot on St. Helena Island and shed light on the history and significance of Gullah culture, the 1993 movie "Sankofa" exposed viewers to the legacy of maroons -- runaway slaves who existed in large numbers in the mountains of Jamaica and the jungles and swamps of South America, often not far from plantations.
While enslaved Africans escaping to the North via the Underground Railroad has been well-documented in American history, documentation of maroon communities in North America has been harder to come by, but these communities existed extensively throughout Beaufort County and the Lowcountry. More