Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, extended greetings and warm wishes on”Emancipation Day”. He took to social media and asked to recommit to the ideals of the ancestors who fought for the freedom of the country.
He also paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and uploaded the photo of Neg Mawon. Prime Minister Skerrit noted, “Let us recommit to the ideals of our ancestors who bravely fought for equality, individual freedom and human dignity.”
While wishing people, PM Skerrit said, “Happy Emancipation Day, Dominica.”
Let us recommit to the ideals of our ancestors who bravely fought for equality, individual freedom and human dignity.
Happy Emancipation Day Dominica. pic.twitter.com/5RlAk2HihQ
— Roosevelt Skerrit (@SkerritR) August 1, 2022
Yearly, on August 1, 2022, the entire Caribbean witnesses a huge celebration of “Emancipation Day”, also dubbed “Freedom Day”. On a respective day, the celebration is focused on the end of slavery for the 800,000 African slaves and their descendants. The countries such as the Caribbean, Africa, South America and Canada celebrate the day as their freedom day.
Dominica is also one of those countries that unveiled the monument of Neg Mawon in the capital- Roseau, in 2013. The country paid tribute to all the enslaved Africans who faced a lot of suffering. The country also honoured the people who were sold and killed at the Old Roseau Market by laying the monument.
In some nations, specifically those in the Caribbean, Emancipation Day means the dissolution of slavery by the EU colonial forces in the early part of the 19th century.
Along with this, various other Caribbean leaders such as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia- Philip J Pierre, Premier of Nevis- Mark Brantley, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis- Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda- Gaston Browne, Prime Minster of Barbados- Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago- Keith Rowley extended their warm greetings on the Emancipation Day.
Every leader has asked people to remember all those who lost their lives during those days.