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Emancipation Day in HRM Tuesday

By Caitlin Snow Jul 31, 2023 | 11:58 AM

Source: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia Facebook page

Emancipation Day in Halifax is Tuesday, August 1.

The day is about Black Excellence and to reflect on the history and impacts of slavery in Canada.

August 1, 1834 The Slavery Abolition Act took place freeing over 800,000 African slaves across the Caribbean, South Africa and here in Canada.

To mark the occasion there will be a Pan-African Flag raising ceremony at City Hall, live performances at Grand Parade, Festivals at Alderney Landing and an exhibit at the Art Gallery.

August 1, 2023 will mark the third annual Emancipation Day in Nova Scotia.

“We come together to mark Emancipation Day, a significant moment in history, to reflect on the deep impact of racism and injustice. By remembering the past and educating ourselves about the meaning of Emancipation Day, we understand the necessity of equality, diversity, and respect in our communities.”
– Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia

“Emancipation Day acknowledges the tragedies of the transatlantic slave trade in which millions of African descended people were enslaved or lost their lives. This day also commemorates the active resistance of Black people and their allies who effectively petitioned for the abolishment of enslavement across the British empire. This significant event is being recognized by municipalities and communities across the province and it is my hope people that other jurisdictions and individuals will use this day to learn more about our collective history.”
– Dwayne Provo, Associate Deputy Minister, African Nova Scotian Affairs

“Emancipation Day marks a significant recognition of the past business of Slavery in our province and Country as well as the lasting effect on the Black Community. While this day is a harsh reminder of the past, it also speaks to the strength and perseverance of a people that overcame.”
– Russell Grosse, Executive Director, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:
— the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which took effect in 1834, freed about 800,000 enslaved people of African descent throughout the British colonies
— during the time of enslavement, more than 15 million African women, men and children were victims of the transatlantic slave trade
— there were about 400 enslaved Black people among the nearly 3,000 residents of Halifax in 1750, more than 13 per cent of the population
— the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed on August 23 in recognition of people of African descent in Haiti and the Dominican Republic fighting for their freedom in 1791, leading to their liberation from European colonizers

For a full list of events happening in the city, click here.


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