MBCC MISSION STATEMENT:

The Mystic Bowie Cultural Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of the children of Jamaica. Our Multi-Cultural programs are designed to unlock the potential of the children through Arts, Music, Drama, and Sports. Our mission is to use these as a springboard to help each child improve the skills needed for success in life.

About Maroons:

The parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica is home to the Maroon Tribe -- the only remaining unified tribe in Jamaica. This tribe of warriors has been established in Jamaica since 1655, when the British invaded Jamaica and the Spanish colonists fled. The African slaves that were left behind escaped into the mountainous region of the island, joining the tribe that already inhabited the land, creating the Maroons. The word Maroon comes from the Spanish word Cimarron, which means wild or untamed. These warriors retained their independence through 150 years of slavery by constantly defending their freedom. Many runaway slaves joined the tribe because the Maroons knew how to survive on the island.

In 1738 the British governor in Jamaica created a treaty to sign with the Maroons. This treaty stated that they could remain in their five towns under the rule of their chief in exchange for helping capture the runaway slaves and returning them to the British. The Maroons would also be paid for each slave captured. This treaty lasted for a while, but when a new British governor came into power he mistreated the tribe and they rebelled. After two wars, the only surviving Maroons were from Accompong, who had stayed neutral.

Currently, the Maroons living in Jamaica are still very separate from the rest of the Jamaican culture. They reside in Accompong, in the parish of St. Elizabeth and surrounding parishes with a population of over 600.