Research collaboration between Dr. Jada Benn Torres(Vanderbilt) and Dr. Harcourt Fuller(Georgia State)
Located in western Jamaica, the Accompong Town Maroons are descended from an independent community of enslaved Africans who successfully fought against the British to gain freedom. Ancestral origins of this community are theorized to include both Africans and Tainos, Jamaica’s indigenous population. By analyzing mitochondrial lineages of the modern-day population, we set out to address this question of ancestral origins of this specific community.
For more information, check out the articles for this project here and here (please email us for entire manuscripts).