On the 1st of August 1834 the emancipation bell proclaimed the end of slavery in the British Caribbean. Over the years many have forgotten this fact, since it was watered down to an August Monday celebration which to many did not mean anything other that picnics, fete, fun or carnival and it is now celebrated as the first Monday of August in my homeland, Dominica.
The knowledge of our emancipation from slavery was almost totally forgotten. In many islands, there was a four year apprenticeship period (which was just another name for slavery except that our forefathers were receiving a pittance) which ended on August 1st 1838.
Just a little reminder as you picnic, party, jam or fete, please pour a little libation to our ancestors thus paying homage for the journey and teach your children the meaning of this great day. Lest we forget!!!
I give thanks!!!!!