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Queen Nanny Maroon Warrior, the Film Premiers at the United Nations

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Tonight on The Gist of Freedom meet a descendant of Queen Nanny, Vandane Carpenter! WWW.BlackHistoryUniversity.com

World Premiere --- Monday, October 19, 2015 (United Nations, New York City)

Encore World Premiere --- Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (Schomburg Center, Harlem, New York)

Jamaican Premiere --- Friday, October 23, 2015 (Sir Kenneth Standard Lecture Theatre - UWI, Mona, Kingston)

Queen Nanny is featured on Jamaica’s $500 bill and is the only woman declared one of Jamaica’s National Heroes.

For over 30 years she freed almost 1000 enslaved people and helped them settle into these new Maroon communities. 

Nestled in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica is a small community known as Moore Town. It is also known as Nanny Maroon Town as it became home to Queen Nanny and her ancestors of the Maroons!

The Nanny defeated the British forces that enslaved them in many battles. Despite repeated attacks from the British soldiers on Grandy Nanny’s settlement which was formed in her honor and called Nanny Town, it remained under Maroon control for years with successful defenses.

Nanny of the Maroons is hailed as the true Queen of Jamaica. From the Ivory Coast in Africa, Nanny and her brothers found themselves in Jamaica during the 1800’s during a period of slavery and wars. During this time Nanny cunningly outwitted the British soldiers rescued and freed slaves and refused to sign any agreement to return run away slaves.

 For over 30 years she freed almost 1000 slaves and helped them settle into these new Maroon communities. 

She defeated the British forces that enslaved them in many battles. Despite repeated attacks from the British soldiers on Grandy Nanny’s settlement which was formed in her honor and called Nanny Town, it remained under Maroon control for years with successful defenses.

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