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    • Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has hailed the annual January 6 celebration of the Trelawny Town Maroons Sovereign State of Accompong, as it offers visitors and locals a rich historical and cultural experience.
    • Dr. McNeill was addressing hundreds of visitors at the opening ceremony for the 278th celebration of the signing of the peace treaty with the British government, held on January 6 at Accompong, in St. Elizabeth.
    • The Minister gave a commitment that his Ministry will make an input towards effecting urgent and well-needed repairs to the roadways leading up to the Maroon village.

    Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has hailed   the annual January 6 celebration of the Trelawny Town Maroons Sovereign State of Accompong, as it offers visitors and locals  a rich historical and cultural experience.

    “Though traditional beach and site-seeing tourism has been a boon to Jamaica’s economy, community tourism, like the offerings here at Accompong, allows us to show our visitors another aspect of Jamaican life.  Many tourists are now seeing more meaningful experiences when they visit our beautiful island and the strong tourism product in Accompong proves that Jamaica is much more than sea, sun and sand,” the Minister said.

    Dr. McNeill was addressing hundreds of  visitors at the opening ceremony for the 278th celebration of the signing of the peace treaty with the British government, held on January 6  at Accompong, in St. Elizabeth.

    “I am very pleased to participate in the festivities that honour Maroon ancestors and commemorate their historic battle for freedom.  I commend members of the Accompong community who continue to build on the legacy of Cudjoe, Nanny and other Maroon leaders by fighting to keep their memories alive,” the  Minister said.

    He argued that with activities such as the traditional ceremony under the Kinda Tree, which honours Maroon ancestors; the music, the ancient monuments and the vibrant museum, there  is so much to learn.

     

    “It is my hope that this virtually crime-free town that showcases the strength and beauty of  the  people, will continue to preserve the history for many generations to come,” the Minister said.

    He congratulated Colonel of the Maroons, Ferron Williams, and all members of the hardworking team behind the community celebration, noting that the cultural and historical impact that Accompong has been making on Jamaica’s tourism offerings worldwide, has been tremendous.

    The Minister  gave a commitment  that his Ministry will make an  input towards effecting urgent and well-needed repairs to the roadways leading up to the Maroon village.