Celebrate People's History: Jamaican Maroons Fend Off the British
Medium:2 Color Offset Printed Poster
This is a black, gray, and green poster that uses images from photographs of forests and warrior peoples. There are hands reaching down from above onto them. The title is at the top, "Jamaican Maroons Fend off the British!” and below it reads, "In the early 1700s, Queen Nanny and the Windward Maroons used guerrilla warfare to defeat the British from the mountains of Jamaica. In doing so, they avoided further enslavement and forced the British to capitulate. In 1939-49, the British Governor in Jamaica gave the Maroons 2500 acres and they were able to live under their own governance.”
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.