Guyana Emancipation Day
For African Guyanese, emancipation represents a convergence of the horrors of enslavement, overcoming enslavement and confronting the sordid and persistent legacy of enslavement.
August 1, 1834 marked the end of slavery in the British Empire and Emancipation Day or Freedom Day as we know it, is celebrated every year on that same date in observance of the abolition of slavery.
Celebrations will feature Miss Guyana African Heritage Pageant, songs, dances, various African dishes and cultural display.
This day marked the end of thousands of years of inhumane in our country and the world. It is also a day of victory over subjugation and dominion. It represents a spirit and tradition of resistance and perseverance.
Scenes from Emancipation Day
Traditional food on Emancipation Day.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
– Thomas Jefferson
Happy Emancipation Guyana!