Emancipation Day is cause for celebration.
We celebrate the day that the slaves in the Turks and Caicos Islands were declared free people, announced from the Oddfellows Lodge on Grand Turk in 1834.
The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire, read in the House of Commons in July 1833, receiving Royal Assent the following month, and coming into force the following year on August 1.
Today we commemorate the emancipation of slaved peoples.
(Image: Protector of Slaves Office (Trinidad), Richard Bridgens, 1838.)