The first revolutionary movement led by women. Mammies of the Maroons who first served and then fought the British in Jamaica. Their Blue Watermelon indicative of their surreal victories over the British. Maroons (from the Spanish word cimarrón: which means "fugitive, runaway", "living on mountaintops"; from Spanish cima: "top, summit") were runaway slaves in the West Indies, Central America, South America, and North America, who fought the colonials and formed independent settlements.
As early as 1655, runaway slaves had formed their own communities in inland Jamaica, and by the 18th century, Nanny Town and other villages began to fight for independent recognition. Jamaican Cudjoe of Trelawny Town and his sister Queen Nanny along with Haiti’s François Mackandal, a houngan, voodoo priest, who led a six year rebellion against the white plantation owners in Haiti that preceded the Haitian Revolution. Beginning in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Jamaican Maroons fought British colonists to a draw and eventually signed treaties in the 18th century that effectively freed them over 50 years before the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
Ealy Mays' Pop art gallery featuring oil, acrylic, mixed media artwork, and other eclectic narratives of the iconic and historically type-casted characterization of the black woman