October marks 150 years since the Morant Bay Rebellion, which, as Susumba blog points out, “resulted in the slaughter of almost 800 black Jamaicans, of whom over 300 were executed.” To mark this anniversary, the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) will collaborate with its parent institution, the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), to host the symposium “‘War Dung a Monkland!’: The Morant Bay Rebellion and its Aftermath,” to be held at the IOJ Lecture Hall on October 29, 2015, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Here are excerpts from the original posting (see full article in the link below):
‘War Dung a Monkland’ will explore the events surrounding the rebellion, conditions in the island which spurred the revolt and the resulting socio-economic transitions. The panel will include Dr. Clinton Hutton, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; Dr. Swithin Wilmot, Senior Lecturer, Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Education, UWI, Mona; and Mrs. Marcella Grizzle, Research Officer, ACIJ/JMB.
Dr. Hutton will explore the Morant Bay rebellion’s historic significance and its impact on Jamaica’s social, cultural and political evolution. Dr. Hutton will also examine the pervading issues such as respect, identity and freedom which triggered the rebellion.
Dr. Wilmot will discuss the rebellion in the larger context of the experience in Jamaica after emancipation in 1838 while Mrs. Grizzle will examine the role of the Native Baptists in sowing the seeds of the October 1865 uprising.
Also see http://instituteofjamaica.org.jm/