BHS: Queen Nanny

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess: "This is not only a stunning visual piece, but also an important study in humanity’s innate desire to remain free." Georgia State University blog

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Black History Studies hosts this overlooked story of a captured queen, transported across the ocean in the belly of a slave ship, who rose up in the New World to become the leader of a new nation of free Africans: that's the little known Queen Nanny of the Maroons, one of the most celebrated but least recognized heroines in the history of resistance. So, who was this herbal healer, prophetess, and African warrior queen?  She's the only female among Jamaica’s seven national heroes, yet most of what we know about her comes through Maroon oral history and folklore, with very little in historical texts. Conceived by award-winning Jamaican-born, American filmmaker, Roy T. Anderson, and history professor, Harcourt T. Fuller, this landmark one-hour documentary film, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess unearths and examines this mysterious figure.

Black History Studies (BHS) offers a diverse programme including events and courses aiming to inform, inspire and empower.  Curator and co-founder Charmaine Simpson will provide a live introduction to each of our BHS screenings.


Film Information

59 mins

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