The Abeng was a horn used by Maroons to communicate between communities.
The Abeng, as I knew the term during the spring of 1969 while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer living in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, was a Jamaican publication of about four pages published weekly that existed for only nine months of 1969 but was a major force in the development of Jamaican and Caribbean radical thought focused on Black Power.
Articles in the Abeng for April 26, May 3, and May 10, relate directly to my personal experience and that of three other volunteers representing The United States, Canada, and England. This article headlined JAMAICAN BATTLE LINE affected my life and the lives of the CUSO couple very directly. Fortunately, none of us was physically harmed. I do not have any information about what happened to the other two named.
Some Jamaicans tend to believe anything in print! Jack Beagley, listed in the article, and his wife Lesley, also a CUSO volunteer and teacher at STETHS, had an infant son and were allowed to have a car. Someone put sugar in the gas tank of their car! For their own safety they decided to leave Jamaica and return home to England (their homeland before moving to Canada) immediately. The Peace Corps director advised me to get out of Santa Cruz for a while and go stay with Jim McCallum, a PCV and my fiancé, in Westmoreland until things calmed down.
My name was misspelled, my age was wrong, and my Peace Corps sites were inaccurate. I was Cathie Schneider, age 26 in 1969, and served as Guidance Counselor to many schools and a college in St. Elizabeth parish.
Months later, while in Kingston for an event, a Jamaican acquaintance introduced me to the editor of the Abeng and asked him why he had accused me of spying. With a very polite smile, as I recall, he simply said that he published the news that was sent to him.
The complete run of Abeng is available online at the Digital Library of the Caribbean, through the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus. It had a short run from February 1969 and folding in November 1969 when a fire destroyed the place where it was printed.
This is an example of Peace Corps volunteers being identified in print as spies!