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Emancipation Day 2014

by | Aug 1, 2014

African dress; ladies parading,Emancipation day parade, August 1st,WoodbrookTrinidad and Tobago joins a number of its Caribbean neighbors in celebrating Emancipation Day.

Today, the Pan African movement across the region marched through the streets of the various territories in celebration of the passage of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 in British Parliament.

The Act charted the way for African slaves to freed.

Slaves below the age of six were freed in the colonies.

Those over the age of six were redesigned as apprentices.

The Apprenticeship period came to an end on 1 August 1838.

Slave-owners were given compensation since they lost ‘their property’.

A total of £20 million pounds sterling was raised by the British Government and given to land owners.

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