Documenting a Lost History
A Documentary Series for Public Television
The story of Maroon communities in the Americas is one of the most important and fascinating chapters in the history of New World societies. However, it is a story that is not well known. Scholarly research and forensic archaeology are increasingly uncovering the evidence of Maroon settlements that have been a part of the US from the 1600s until the 1900s, but were hidden in plain view. Not only is little known about Maroon encampments established throughout the southern US, but our history books include little trace of the agency of Africans, who were forcibly brought to the US as slaves, but employed military and diplomatic strategies in international relations, represented Native nations in negotiations with the US government, launched cottage industries, and built lasting communities long before the end of the Civil War.
The Maroons documentary project will access all available sources to unearth and retrace evidence of Maroons in the US. Informed by a diverse advisory group of renown scholars, the series will present the voices of historians, archaeologists, other researchers, and Maroon descendants, to reconstruct missing chapters in American history.