Tag: emancipation


Professor Shepherd — Make History Compulsory In School

Historian and Director of the Centre for Reparation Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Verene Shepherd, has called for the teaching of history to be made compulsory in school. Professor Shepherd posited the view as Jamaica seeks to mark 182 years since Emancipation on August 1. “We must teach the children the truth and to […]


Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness — Emancipation is Not A Gift!

The Abolition of Slavery Act was finally passed by the British Parliament in 1833 and came into force on August 1, 1834. Enslaved people older than six years of age were re-designated as “apprentices” and required to work, 40 hours per week without pay, as part of compensation payment to their former owners. Full emancipation was finally achieved at midnight […]


Emancipation Day – Never Forget!

Do you remember the days of slavery? Do you remember the days of slavery? And how they beat us And how they worked us so hard And they used us ‘Til they refuse us – Burning Spear August 1st marked the commemoration of freedom from slavery for people of African descent in the Caribbean. However, it is also commemorated on […]