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Jamaica Maroon Heritage Tour



Day 1:

  • Fly into Montego Bay
  • Make sure you have your passport! You cannot board the plane without it!

Day 2:
(Montego Bay)

  • Arrive at 12noon and check in to Wexford Hotel or similar
  • Guided Walking Tour with Museum Visit of Sam Sharpe Square, Jail House, and Resistance Monument
  • Analyzing the Images of Jamaica for the American tourist
  • Welcome Dinner with guests speaking on “Montego Bay: behind the tourist image”

Day 3:
(Montego Bay)

  • Breakfast – Sam Sharpe Square Report out: Images Report Out
  • Visit to Rose Hall Great House slave plantation
  • Tour of Green Grotto Caves, site of slave resistance and geographical wonder
  • Lunch on the go: Patties!
  • Tour of Marcus Garvey’s Birthplace, Printing Press, and Library Monument
  • Dr. Green, UNIA St. Anne’s President: “Who is Marcus Garvey?”
  • Dinner at local restaurant “Sweetie” in Montego Bay with Mutabaruka

Day 4:
(Drive to Charlestown Maroon Community)

  • Reggae Beach

Day 5:

  • Community Welcome
  • Guided Maroon History Museum Tour
  • Maroon Drum and Dance session
  • “African Healing Wisdom: Maroon Plant and Herb Medicine Workshop”
  • Afternoon Swim in the river with the community
  • Traditional Maroon Cook out with the community

Day 6:
(Charlestown/Port Antonio)

  • Day Trip
  • Panel: “Life in Jamaica for African People”
  • Neighborhood Walking Tour in Port Antonio. Lead by our friends of the local community. Meet neighbors, professionals, shop owners and more as they talk about local political issues and concerns
  • Walking tour to Monkey Island

Day 7:

  • Somerset Waterfalls
  • Visit to Winefred Beach the last “free access public beach” in Jamaica to learn about the communities fight to keep the beach open and free for the people
  • Swim and relax at Winefred Beach

Day 8:
(Maroon Heritage)

  • Maroon Heritage Hike at Cuna Cuna Pass in the Blue Mountains lead by the Bowden Pen Association of Environmental and Heritage protection
  • Maroon Lecture in the Blue Mountains: Current Issues facing the Maroon People

Day 9:

  • Early Drive to Kingston. Hotel Knutsford Court in New Kingston or similar
  • Tour of Bob Marley’s Kingston home/museum
  • View Film on the life and influence of Bob Marley
  • Guided Tour of the Jamaica National Art Museum
  • Visit to Marcus Garvey’s Liberty Hall
  • Lecture by renowned economist Dr. Michael Witter on “Globalization and the impact on Jamaican Life”

Day 10:

  • Lecture with an attorney from Jamaicans for Justice on police brutality
  • Visit to Coronation Market to engage with the community of vendors
  • Evening visit to the Bobo Shanti Rastafarian Settlement for “reasoning session” on Rastafarian beliefs, aims and “livity”

Day 11:

  • Early Back to Montego Bay for Beach day
  • Good Bye Dinner and Reflection on our experience in Jamaica

Day 12:

  • Fly back to the U.S.