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A Walk Through History: Resource District, 1940-1960

If you want to know our culture!  If you want to meet a friend! Take a journey with me down memory lane to the late 40s early 60s in Resource.

A humble and visible habitable village developed on approximately 75 acres of land and situated in the Southern Region of the parish of Manchester which lies between 14 miles south of the capital city, Mandeville and nearest water body Guts River 3½ miles (foot track) and 20 miles driving distance.

Entering this village, one would be entertained by the sound of the wind and cool breeze and the warmth of the villagers as they in their own way give you a hearty welcome. 

The village is divided in three main areas namely Top Resource, Middle Resource also called Middle shop and Bottom Resource.  These areas are highly populated by people, land made available for the rearing of animals and or farming which involve the planting and harvesting of variety of crops.

Their means of survival was termed by the villagers as to ‘speculate’ which means to buy or sell commodities in expectation of rise or fall in market value.  So these villagers would buy fish, scrape it and sell it to other villagers and this was the major occupation found in the village alongside farming, carpentry, shop keeping, dressmaking, baking and tailoring just to name a few. Their monetary system was pound. 

They were sociable and enjoyed themselves, one such way is having sessions where there would be dances such as Quadrille, Maypole and many other original dance forms.  The men would wear a pants call ‘write drill khaki’ and the ladies wore a wide dress lined with crimolyn as this allows their dress to twirl freely when dancing.

The villages were very religious and this is evident as you would pass booth (a tent like structure) set up in various areas of the village.  This was done by the Pocamanias who held nightly revivals.  They weren’t the only religions group you had the Presbyterians, Adventist and Church of God of Prophecy.

Approaching any home you would smell the cinnamon, vanilla; coconut, cornmeal, spices and other ingredients blend together as housewives prepare tasty meals such as cornmeal pudding, corn dumpling, tie a-leaf, run down and porch corn, baked bammy and many other flavoured dishes. 

The sound of the drum marks the beginning of a New Year, as the villagers would march throughout the village until daylight to mark the end of a year and welcome the New Year.

Each village’s child belongs to the entire village and the child’s well being was taken care of by everyone.  Major buildings found in the village were churches, infant schools and a liberty hall (community center).

Although there was no Postal office, communication was possible to friends and families by the use of the neighboring village postal office.  Villages had to walk to major town and transport goods using the donkey. 

Unity paint the heart of the villages as they were fruits of those who sprang from the voyage of slavery and this helped them to develop a sense of togetherness.  This is how they got their name.  Resource because they use every resources they had to survive.

Though they had limited resources, this did not keep down their inner strength.  They were motivated by each other.  They grasp opportunities that were available to them.  They made impact on lives.  They were angels on earth.

They got their share of blessings and they were successful in producing Lawyers, Doctors, and Teachers and many other professions that makes vital contributions to the development of the village in which they dwell- RESOURCE- and that is their greatest success.

Leonie Bernard


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