He has been a High Street landmark since 1866 and now the legend of Maitland’s black boy is about to become an animated movie.
It’s all thanks to decades of research by American author Waymon Lefall who has written a book called Jocko: A Long Way From Home Down Under.
LeFall, who visited here to see the statue in 2009, has long felt a connection to Maitland because of the little black boy, as he is affectionately known.
Maitland’s black boy statue – originally used as a hitching post for horses – is a replica of lawn jockey statues seen in the United States, but he is also a symbol of courage.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 26, 2014.