Emancipation Day Commemorated in Northern Ireland

Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland commemorated Emancipation Day through a service at Kilwarlin Moravian Church, bringing together members of the Caribbean Diaspora, Diplomatic and Consular Corps and wider society.

Emancipation Day is commemorated on August 1st as a time of celebration for those in the Caribbean, marking the Act of Abolition of Slavery passed in 1833, ending the slave trade.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr. Peter McReynolds with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Walter Rader provided the welcome with the service conducted by Rev. Livingstone Thompson.  Guest speaker was H.E. Dr Kevin Isaac, High Commissioner for St Kitts and Nevis.

The event was supported by the Consulate General for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, African Caribbean Support Organisation (ACSONI) and the Association of Caribbean Nationals (ACN).