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Holiday August 1 in Trinidad and Tobago

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  • gillena2001
    In 1833 Thomas Buxton presented The Emancipation Bill in Parliament. The Act was passed and came into effect on 1 August 1834. On that day,thousands of slaves
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      In 1833 Thomas Buxton presented The Emancipation Bill in Parliament.
      The Act was passed and came into effect on 1 August 1834. On that
      day,thousands of slaves in the British West Indies became free men
      and women.
      August 1st is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago; in 1985 the
      government of Trinidad and Tobago declared Emancipation Day
      a national holiday, to commemorate the abolition of slavery.

      Days leading up to August 1st there are historical lectures, films,
      drama and afrocentric exhibitions of arts and crafts.

      seeking
      the best bargains
      night shopping
      at the emancipation village
      the moon hides behind a cloud


      much love
      gillena


      ABOLITION ACT FACTOID
      'Whereas divers Persons are holden in Slavery within divers of
      His Majesty's Colonies, and it is just and expedient that all such
      Persons should be manumitted and set free, and that a reasonable
      Compensation should be made to the Persons hitherto entitled to
      the Services of such Slaves for the Loss which they will incur by
      being deprived of their Right to such Services: And whereas it is
      also expedient that Provision should be made for promoting the
      Industry and securing the good Conduct of the Persons so to be
      manumitted, for a limited Period after such their Manumission: And
      whereas it is necessary that the Laws now in force in the said
      several Colonies should forthwith be adapted to the new State and
      Relations of Society therein which will follow upon such general
      Manumission as aforesaid of the said Slaves; and that, in order to
      afford the necessary Time for such Adaptation of the said Laws, a
      short Interval should elapse before such Manumission should take
      effect;'

      Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and
      with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and
      Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority
      of the same, That from and after the first Day of August One thousand
      eight hundred and thirty-four all Persons who in conformity with the
      Laws now in force in the said Colonies respectively shall on or
      before the first Day of August One thousand eight hundred and thirty-
      four have been duly registered as Slaves in any such Colony, and who
      on the said first Day of August One thousand eight hundred and
      thirty-four shall be actually within any such Colony, and who shall
      by such Registries appear to be on the said first Day of August One
      thousand eight hundred and thirty-four of the full Age of Six Years
      or upwards, shall by force and virtue of this Act, and without the
      previous Execution of any Indenture of Apprenticeship, or other Deed
      or Instrument for that Purpose, become and be apprenticed Labourers;
      provided that, for the Purposes aforesaid, every Slave engaged in
      his ordinary Occupation on the Seas shall be deemed and taken to be
      within the Colony to which such Slave shall belong.

      3° & 4° Gulielmi IV, cap. LXXIII
      An Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies;
      for promoting the Industry of the manumitted Slaves; and for
      compensating the Persons hitherto entitled to the Services of such
      Slaves.
      [28th August 1833.]

      http://library2.nalis.gov.tt/Default.aspx?PageContentID=449&tabid=216
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