African Royal Delegation Visit To The Sovereign State Of Accompong For Treaty Day Celebrations And Appleton Estate Tour – 1 March 2023

The African royal delegation visited the Sovereign State of Accompong on 1 March 2023 to reconnect with the Maroon community.  This was a monumental visit that was hosted on a day of great significance to the Maroons, where on March 1, 1739, the leaders of the Maroons of Accompong signed a peace treaty with the British colonial authorities, giving them the right to self-govern and to 1500 acres of land in cockpit country. This Treaty has been in effect for 285 years. The state is named after its founder Accompong, who was a brother of the famous Maroon leaders Cudjoe and Nanny.

The African royal delegation was very pleased to participate in the historic celebration of a resilient people and were warmly welcomed by the community. The delegation was taken on a tour of the museum which commemorates the history of the Maroons and then to Kinder, a sacred meeting place where the community gathered for a special ceremony. Colonel Richard Currie, Chief of Accompong, was enstooled by the royal delegation as a Paramount Chief and conferred with the title HRH Papa Odwe I. One queen (Queen Agoye I) and two Queen Mothers were also enstooled.

 The community shared some of their cultural traditions – music, dance, drumming and feasting with the visiting delegation. The residents of Accompong who are committed to the continued development of the community and sustainability of their rich cultural heritage also pledged to continued reconnection with African traditional communities

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