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Sierra Leone Temnes and Carriacou Temnes will come together at an historic Reunion in Carriacou between September 27th and 30th. The Grenadian Government and the Carriacou community will welcome their African guests and share the history and culture that bind this family together despite the vast space and time that have separated them. To our knowledge, this Temne Reunion is unique. As far as we know, no family re-connection quite this specific has ever happened in the Caribbean before.

Sierra Leonean dignitaries may also attend the Reunion, including ambassadors, cabinet ministers, paramount chiefs, and possibly even Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma. President Koroma speaks Temne and hails from the part of Sierra Leone where the Temne people predominate.

This “Reunion” is only possible because a tiny community on a small island in the West Indies has preserved the memory of its African roots and elements of its African culture for more than 250 years.

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