A directive that the team had for the visit to the maroon settlement was to find a present-day person who is respected and possibly seen as a present-day Nanny of the Maroons.
Enter Ms Emmelyn Roberts
A healer referred to by another as a “mother lady”. Equipped with the knowledge of Ms Roberts Location we headed towards her residence but encountered an 87-year-old elder on the Moore Town main road
STOP TWO: MR RUDOLPH OBEDIAH
Mr Rudolph Obediah, a Moore Town Maroon Man, vigorous in his movement and seemingly jovial by nature. When asked about his “youthful” aura he mentioned his lifestyle and the use of vervain, a plant with medicinal qualities used by him and a number of persons throughout the community to strengthen their immune system.
He also mentioned Ms Emmelyn Roberts the healer and respected elder of the community
We’re gonna get to her I promise. We arrive at Ms Roberts house “Hi Ms Roberts” Just a second I”m on the phone she responds.
We respectfully wait and notice two women across the road and decided to have a chat.
STOP THREE: MRS JOYCE DOWNER
Ms Downer, a 77-year-old resident of the maroon town who came to Moore Town when she was six years old. Downer eventually married a Maroon Man, settled and had children one of which was standing beside her, Erica Downer who tried to have her mother share Anansi Stories with us. There were sadly no stories as she said she couldn’t remember any. She did however echo previous sentiments of the peaceful nature of the community throughout our conversation.
STOP FOUR EMMELYN ROBERTS
We head back to Ms Roberts home she invites us in, She’s an elderly woman, so extra precautions are taken, social distancing measures observed, sanitization done and of course mask on.
Ms Roberts, welcoming, rtusting and strong woman.. all the elders interacted with thus far were full of vigour, she was no different. She inquires the nature of our visit and we explain (the reporter and me) we’re doing features throughout Moore Town ahead of heroes day (October 19, 2020), seeing that this was the home of the only heroine and the town also houses the monument erected at the location of her tomb ‘BUMP GRAVE’.