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August 1st to be a day of thanksgiving


Proclamation by the Governor of St Lucia, 25th July, 1834. Announcing that August 1st will thereafter be a day of thanksgiving. (August 1st 1834 was when the Emancipation Act became effective. The new law gave slaves their freedom, although they then worked as apprentices under a new system, whereby they earned a low wage and often worked for their old owner). From Papers Relative to Abolition of Slavery, Part II, 1833-35.

Date: 25th July 1834

Copyright: Copyright British Empire Commonwealth Mu

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