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#1 Aug 04, 2019 7:09 pm

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Emancipation Day

Anyone know why Emancipation Day which was founded by T&T and is generally recognised around the World on the 1st of August is held on the 1st Monday in Grenada and St Lucia. Why the divergence?

America is different because of President Lincoln so predates the Trini offering.

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#2 Aug 05, 2019 12:05 pm

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Re: Emancipation Day

Really don't know if it's accurate to say T&T founded Emancipation Day on 1 August. Let's look at some of the historical data.

ON I July 1833 the British Parliament passed the "Imperial Emancipation Act" "freeing" all slaves in the colony. After constant resistance by the plantation owners, those slaves were actually declared "freed" again one year later on 1 August 1834. The British compensated the slave owners and established a system of involuntary servitude covering field slaves and regular slaves. After 4 years of more turmoil during the involuntary servitude period for regular slaves (4 years), in May 1838 the Grenada Legislature officially ended the involuntary servitude system. From that action, all involuntary servitude  and slavery ended on 1 August 1838.

Did T&T found Emancipation Day on 1 August?  Maybe not.

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#3 Aug 05, 2019 8:21 pm

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Re: Emancipation Day

WH Man wrote:

Really don't know if it's accurate to say T&T founded Emancipation Day on 1 August. Let's look at some of the historical data.

ON I July 1833 the British Parliament passed the "Imperial Emancipation Act" "freeing" all slaves in the colony. After constant resistance by the plantation owners, those slaves were actually declared "freed" again one year later on 1 August 1834. The British compensated the slave owners and established a system of involuntary servitude covering field slaves and regular slaves. After 4 years of more turmoil during the involuntary servitude period for regular slaves (4 years), in May 1838 the Grenada Legislature officially ended the involuntary servitude system. From that action, all involuntary servitude  and slavery ended on 1 August 1838.

Did T&T found Emancipation Day on 1 August?  Maybe not.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Day

The date is synonymous with emancipation back a day, but Trinidad and Tobago was the first country to celebrate the day in modern times. So maybe so... eh.

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