Reflecting on Emancipation

  This Wednesday, Guyana and many countries in the Caribbean will be celebrating Emancipation Day – the day slavery was abolished throughout the British empire. Around 48% of Africans transported for slavery ended up in the Caribbean. The Slavery Abolition Act which was passed by the British Parliament in 1833, came into force on August 1, 1834. It only applied to persons under the age of six, however. All others were transformed from “slaves” to “apprenticed labourers”. Apprentice has a much softer ring to it, doesn’t it? Like ‘I’m an apprentice, here to learn a trade’. Much better than ‘I’m … Continue reading Reflecting on Emancipation