“Negre Marron” is the French word for a runaway slave or Black Maroon and the plantation owner class saw the runaway slaves as worthless bandits.
Runaway slaves were persons of African descent who chose to live as free men and were neither field slaves or house slaves. We should be proud of the free independent spirit of the Neg Mawon, as all men were born to be free, however in Saint Lucia we have embraced the Neg Mawon term from the French plantocracy and now use it against our fellow Afro-St. Lucian brethen.
We must therefore emancipate ourselves from the mental slavery that makes us use Neg Mawon in a derogatory manner and we must be proud of our Neg Mawon heritage.
Dominica and Haiti have erected monuments in memory of their Neg Mawon and I trust that St. Lucia will do the same.