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EMANCIPATION DAY 2022 | Official Schedule of Events

As we draw closer to Emancipation Day 2022, we are pleased to share the official schedule of events and activities.

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Join us for this year's Re-Launch of "The Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize" Virtual Exhibition.

This year's re-launch of the "The Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize" aims to promote the use of archival documents as a source of history to analyze and understand African enslavement in Belize.

Join us as we provide an overview of the exhibit and reflect on this year's second official annual commemoration of Emancipation Day in Belize at 1:00 pm. Then, shortly after, join us in the Zoom Meeting as we transcribe selected archival documents into modern text and engage in healthy discussion at 1:30 pm.

Register here: https://bit.ly/exhibit-register

"The Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize" was created by the National Institute of Culture and History in partnership with the Belize Archives & Records Service under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology and with the collaboration and curation of Total Business Solutions Ltd. - TBSL and the Esri platform. This year's re-launch is also possible thanks to the collaboration of the University of Belize and the Heritage Education Network Belize.

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology announces the 'Free Yuh Mind' Emancipation Day Poetry Competition.

This creative initiative is aimed at promoting and strengthening awareness of Emancipation Day among the youth of our nation. The Competition calls for submissions to be made on themes of emancipation which includes liberation, struggle, heroism, rebellion, colonisation, slavery and servitude.

The Competition is open to youth between the ages of 13 and 20 years old. Submissions can be made to https://bit.ly/freeyuhmindpoetrybz

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Belize Recognizes Emancipation Day 2022

Ahead of Emancipation Day 2022, the National Institute of Culture and History re- launched its Documentary Heritage of Slavery and Emancipation in Belize. The website gives visitors an insight into the harsh realities enslaved African persons in Belize were subjected to based on historical records. One of the earliest records of slavery in Belize is a 1730 Guatemala Gazette which reports a Spanish attack up the New River, where English men, women and slaves were captured. Other documents reveal that enslaved Africans were bought and sold as property of their enslavers. Those who did not have last names were given the names of their enslavers. Some examples of those names, according to records, include Bennett, Anderson, Douglas, Ellis, and Smith to name a few. The pattern of using enslaved Africans as a source of labor continued until 1883, when slavery was abolished in Belize.

Rolando Cocom, Senior Research & Education Officer, I.S.C.R. NICH

"This exhibition contains such rich records that can help us to understand our past, records that will make us uneasy at times because of the brutality that was carried out against Belize's African ancestors. And, records that leaves us with bits and pieces of the past, because it is not every record here and at the archives that tells the full story. There is always a need to go back to find additional records. In some cases there are just gaps in our understanding that can be filled by looking at other sources and archives."

Kevin Monte, Belize Archives and Records Service,

"I am hoping that with events like today, through the partnership with NICH, that the general public will see importance of the archives, will be able to know what it is that we have at our disposal, the original, unique, archival records that exist in our country where people can see firsthand the actual records of our nation, as opposed to just reading them through history book. You can actually visit the national archives and get a firsthand account of these records."

Dr. Vincent Palacio, President, University of Belize

"Even before U.B., I could speak from personal experience. I use to like history in high school. I thought that maybe I would be an attorney later on. But, as a history student, we were limited to Arawaks, Africans. That was the gamut that we covered. Then, there was a missing period, a missing era, the pre-emancipation, the slavery, then, going beyond emancipation, limited information. So, all through high school, a lot of the information I know now post emancipation was not covered. So, I am very grateful to the archives for opening up the door to this information."

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Video: Emancipation day 2022!
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Re-Launch of "The Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize" Virtual Exhibition.

This year's re-launch of the "The Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize" aims to promote the use of archival documents as a source of history to analyze and understand African enslavement in Belize.

Join us as we provide an overview of the exhibit and reflect on this year's second official annual commemoration of Emancipation Day in Belize at 1:00 pm. Then, shortly after, join us in the Zoom Meeting as we transcribe selected archival documents into modern text and engage in healthy discussion at 1:30 pm.

"The Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize" was created by the National Institute of Culture and History in partnership with the Belize Archives & Records Service under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology and in collaboration with Total Business Solutions Ltd. - TBSL and the Esri platform. This year's re-launch is also possible thanks to the collaboration of The University of Belize and the Heritage Education Network of Belize.

Video of the Launch: https://fb.watch/ezOMqyMHaA/

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Join us for The Emancipation Day Lecture at 1p.m on Monday August 1st, 2022 .

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https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84625193485...
Meeting ID: 846 2519 3485
Pass code: 344754

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Emancipation Day Video Series



The Museum of Belize wishes everyone a Happy Emancipation Day 2022. We now invite you to view part 2 of our Educational Video Series reflecting on how this historic day was celebrated in Belize's past and the recent developments.


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Emancipation Day Lecture 2022 featuring Professor Emeritus Pedro L.V. Welch. The presentation is entitled "Tracking the health and nutritional history of pre-emancipation and post-emancipation Afro Caribbean populations".
This lecture is coordinated by the Belize National Kriol Council with the support of the National Institute of Culture and History, the National Celebration Commission, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology.


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The Importance of Emancipation Day

Yesterday, Emancipation Day was observed for the second time in Belize's history. After being elected, the government implemented the holiday to mark the end of slavery and the emancipation of the enslaved people.

And in his speech, the Minister of Culture, Francis Fonseca, noted the effects that Belizeans - especially the black population - still face today as a result of those years of enslavement. He also spoke about what needs to be done to balance out the scales of inequity.



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Belize Observes Emancipation Day 2022

August 1, 2022 commemorates the 188th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire and the 184th anniversary of the abolition of the system of apprenticeship. For the second year, Belize joined its sister Caribbean nations in officially observing Emancipation Day as a public and bank holiday.

Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, attended the official ceremony held for Emancipation Day 2022. In his remarks, he stated that "the indignity and injustice of slavery brought with it psychological trauma and socio-economic inequities which have been passed on from generation to generation."

Minister Fonseca emphasized that as a government, "we have an obligation and duty to create greater opportunities in these underserved sectors by investing more meaningfully in education, health, housing, and provide greater access to land ownership and economic opportunities."

Minister Fonseca was joined by H.E. Mr. David Kuan-Chou Chien, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Mrs. Marilyn Garvin-Gentle, Interim President of the National Kriol Council and other representatives of the Afro-Belizean community.

This year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, along with its line agencies, the National Institute for Culture and History, the Belize National Library Service and Information System, and the Belize Archives and Records Service undertook numerous initiatives to promote awareness of the historical, cultural, and social relevance of emancipation. The highlight of these initiatives, the 'Documentary Heritage of Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize' virtual exhibit, was relaunched to allow the public to analyse and understand African enslavement in Belize. The virtual exhibit can be accessed at https://bit.ly/BZEmancipationDay2022.


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