Message for Sunday, July 30, 2023 – Emancipation Sunday

My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

I share with you information on Emancipation Day from

What is Emancipation Day in Jamaica?

In Jamaica on August 1, 1838, thousands of ex-slaves who had gathered at town centers and churches in the British Caribbean territory broke into joyous celebrations after hearing the final words of the Emancipation Declaration, affirming their full freedom from slavery.

When did Emancipation Day start in Jamaica?

Emancipation Day was officially introduced as a public holiday in Jamaica in 1893. The ‘First of August’ celebrations, however, were discontinued in 1962, this was when Jamaica gained its independence. It was then replaced by Independence Day, which was then observed on the first Monday in August.

Why is August 1, Emancipation Day?

August 1st, is Emancipation Day. It’s a day to recognize Canada’s history of slavery and discrimination. This date was chosen because August 1, 1834, marks the abolishment of slavery across the British Empire.

Why do we celebrate Emancipation Day?

April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South.

Who Fought for Emancipation in Jamaica?

National hero, Samuel Sharpe, was an outstanding leader whose drive to dismantle the system of slavery helped strengthen the movement towards the abolition of slavery in all British colonies.

What is the difference between Independence Day and Emancipation Day?

Emancipation Day is another public holiday that is part of a week-long cultural celebration starting on 1 August and ending on Independence Day. It commemorates the Emancipation of the British West Indies in the 1830s and the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.