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Emancipation Day Matters? Materiality and Cultural Contestation in Dutch, French and Spanish Caribbean

Emancipation Day Matters? Materiality and Cultural Contestation in Dutch, French and Spanish Caribbean

This is the third and final panel in our series ‘Emancipation Day Matters? Materiality and Cultural Contestation. Missing from our contemporary discussions on the significance of Emancipation Day, is the interconnectedness of a shared history of enslavement and oppression among all Caribbean nations. While Haiti was the first to throw off the bonds of enslavement and colonization to be an independent nation, the politics of Emancipation (the passage of legislation and policing of the slave trade) in the colonized English Caribbean had some impact on demands for emancipation in the Dutch, French and Spanish Caribbean. The constant flow of information via regional shipping routes, the potential threat of re-enslavement of freed men and women, from the British Caribbean, existed alongside an illegal slave trade, and demands for freedom in other slave-holding colonies until their own Emancipation Day occurred.

This panel explores Emancipation Day celebrations in Curacao, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico, its legacies and possible connections within the region. Does Emancipation Day matter?

Join us this Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 12:00 PM (JA) via the UWI Museum Facebook page.

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Just in case you missed the first two panels you may access them using the links below.

Panel 1: Emancipation Day Matters? Materiality and Cultural Contestation in Jamaica

Panel 2: Emancipation Day Matters? Materiality and Cultural Contestation in the English Speaking Caribbean

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