Emancipation History | Dawn of the Island of the Maroons

Thursday 11 April

Discover the strategic resilience of Jamaica’s Maroon leaders in the fight for emancipation.


Explore the captivating saga of the Second Maroon War in Jamaica with Paul Crooks, a renowned genealogist and author. This engaging talk highlights the incredible resilience and strategic acumen of the Maroon leaders in their fight for freedom during a pivotal period in Black history. Paul Crooks, whose ancestry traces back to a freed individual from a Jamaican sugar plantation, offers a deep dive into the legacy of resistance and liberation that connected communities across the British Caribbean and influenced the quest for justice in North America.

Discover key insights into:

  • The Maroons’ ingenious guerrilla tactics, demonstrating their adaptability and ingenuity in the face of powerful adversaries.
  • The complex peace negotiations, a critical milestone on the path to self-rule and racial justice.
  • The enduring significance of the Maroons’ historical struggles in contemporary discussions on social justice.

This session pays tribute to the unbreakable spirit of freedom, linking past and present struggles for equality. It enriches the narratives of Caribbean and African American history, emphasizing the relentless pursuit of self-determination and justice.

We celebrate the resilience of those who overcame immense challenges, setting the foundation for future generations. Immerse yourself in a narrative not just about conflict, but about bravery, unity, and unwavering hope for a brighter future.

Join a journey into the essence of resilience, a celebration of the enduring legacy of Black history.

How to gain access to this event

This talk will be held over Zoom. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration confirmation email.

This event will not be recorded for later distribution or upload to Youtube.

Plus Ticket: Along with event access, Plus Ticket holders will receive a digital copy of the ‘Black History of Resistance and Abolition Timeline’ interactive PowerPoint, which will be sent via email after the event.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/9vIa8Q9yjh8?si=vTLS31X6efdx18rn

Premium Ticket: Premium access includes all Plus offering, plus a digital copy of Paul Crooks’ latest novel ‘Descendants,’ sent to you electronically after the event.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/BmI8rTjUEmE

Deluxe Ticket: Deluxe attendees enjoy all Premium benefits, with the added bonus of the ‘DNA Testing Demystified: Separating Fact from Fiction in Genealogy’ eBook to deepen your understanding of genealogy which will be sent via email after the event.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/mQanCy3o1XM

About the speaker

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into Black genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his Ancestors enslaved on plantations in North America. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to North America and ultimately back to the Gold Coast.

His books, Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy.

Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in African Caribbean genealogy.

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