Grenada Cultural Foundation spearhead Emancipation Celebrations on Tuesday August 1

Friday, July 28, 2017 10:43 PM- George's, Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA 28, July, 2017: As Grenada is in the middle of the Spicemas Season the Grenada Cultural Foundation takes this opportunity to remind persons of the important milestone in Grenada’s History, Emancipation.

The celebrations for 2017 will be seen as significant to our Carnival culture which started on August 1, 1838 (Emancipation Day) 179 years ago.

The day that herald in freedom for our African Ancestors was also the first recognized carnival celebration throughout the islands. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Emancipation: from Slavery to Carnival”.

The Foundation will be laying a wreath at the Melville Street Barracks where the slaves were washed and greased to be transported to the St. George’s Market Square to be sold.

The main activity will then take place in the St. George’s Market Square where our ancestors were sold into slavery to various plantations in Grenada and other nearby islands. The Minister of Culture Hon. Sen. Brenda Hood will be unveiling a plaque in honour of our African Ancestors who were enslaved. The plaque will be placed in a column in the St. George’s Market Square.

The foundation is asking that the public pay tribute to our ancestors by wearing ethnic wear on Tuesday, August 1 and extends an invitation to everyone to join in the activities in St. George’s on that day.

The GCF wishes to remind persons that the official day of Emancipation is Tuesday, August 1 and not the first Monday in August as traditionally celebrated.

The ceremony in the St. George’s Market Square will consist of prayers, the reading of the Emancipation Act (Proclamation), by Richardo Keens Douglas, and drumming by Tumda.

Motorists are asked to blow their horns at 12 pm on the day, churches are encouraged to ring their bells and the RGPF has been requested to sound the fire engines across the island.

According to the CEO of the Grenada Cultural Foundation, Shirma Wells, Emancipation is an extremely important historical day to Grenada one that we should never forget.

She is asking that artistes and other Carnival practitioners join in the celebrations and show appreciation for a great traditional legacy inherited from our ancestors.

The activities commence at 11 pm in the Melville Street Barracks and 12 pm in the St. George’s Market Square.




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