Emancipation Day (Antigua and Barbuda)
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Emancipation Day (Antigua and Barbuda)

Saint John's : Antigua and Barbuda | Aug 01, 2011 at 8:50 AM PDT
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Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

When the clock stroke 12 am on 1st August !834 (177 years ago) all slaves in Antigua and Barbuda were free people, unlike other slaves across the ALL Americans who in spite of being free was forced into apprenticeship which was just another form of enslavement until 1838.

One of the main reason given by historians for this fact is that, the slaves in Antigua and Barbuda was one of the best behavour, again not only in the West Indies but throughout the Americans.

For the years that follow Antiguans and Barbudans continue to work on sugar estates but this time for a meagre wage.

In the 1960's like many other Caribbean islands, Antigua and Barbuda got statehood for colony empire Great Britain. ON 1st November, 1981 Antigua and Barbuda that time around got political independence from UK. It have been 54 years since the advent of Antigua and Barbuda's carnival to what we know it today. But from since Monday 1st August, 1834 Antigua and Barbuda always observed the freedom from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. the first Monday in August was observed as a bank holiday so the populace can jump and wave and, celebrate Emancipation Day.

Happy Emancipation Day.

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wadadli is based in Saint John's, Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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