Jamaican History

The Last of the Jamaican Germans

This is a fascinating story of the last of the Jamaican Germans and their community in Seaford Town, Westmoreland.

This documentary tells the story of German indentured servants that came to Jamaica many years ago and still have descendents living in a small village deep in the isolated mountains of rural Jamaica.

About Forgotten Faces (from the film maker)

“Forgotten Faces is a video documentary project that raises awareness of and celebrates the minority ethnic groups of the West Indies.

Many people are unaware of the existence of populations of Jamaicans and Haitians of white European, Chinese, East Indian, and Middle Eastern descent, living in Jamaica and Haiti.

These ethnic groups are diminishing in the West Indies, but have played important roles in the history of these countries and their culture.

People interviewed are from diverse backgrounds.

General reactions to white Jamaicans and white Haitians range from amazement to shock and disbelief, and, even to hostility.

These reactions are followed by questions: Who are these people? How did they get here? What is their “story”? How do other Jamaicans and Haitians feel about them? Forgotten Faces addresses these questions.

Some of these minority groups have experienced racism and discrimination from both their governments and the general populace.

Many of these incidents have gone unreported and have, in some cases, been told in the history books of Jamaica, Haiti, and the United States.

These people have a story to tell about their hardships and about their accomplishments.

Donations to help support this project and more projects aiming to educate about social issues within the west indies can be sent to fracturedatlas.org

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2 Comments

  1. samantha braham brown
    May 7, 2014 at 1:30 am — Reply

    I would like to share this video on my Facebook wall. Having problems sharing it.
    Seeking a better life in a foreign land affects every race and nationality at some point in history.
    Naw I have more reason than ever to make a return visit to Jamaica so I can visit seaford Town. My reason for visiting is not to say “see I told you” but to celebrate the human spirit’s willingness to do whatever it takes to survive. A lesson we as Human beings as a majority fall short of Today.

  2. Zion
    May 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm — Reply

    Very interesting.
    It’s an eye opener,how much one can find out about ones history. Sometimes we don’t even look further than the end of our noses.

    Nuff respect

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