Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day is observed by many former European colonies in the Caribbean and in several parts of the United States to mark the day when the British Empire ceased the practice of slavery for close to a million African people and their descendants across former colonies.
Canada recently marked its first Emancipation Day on August 1, 2021 to mark the day when, in 1834, a law was passed to ban slavery in former British colonies, including Upper and Lower Canada. The law freed around 800,000 enslaved people of African descent across the colonies nearly 200 years ago.


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