On Wednesday, August 1, 1838, the enslaved people in Jamaica were granted emancipation from their arduous lives as slaves. On that day thousands congregated in front of Government House in Spanish Town (then the capital of Jamaica), to listen to the Governor, Sir Lionel Smith, read Queen Victoria’s Proclamation of Freedom. But, did you know that this granting of freedom occurred five years after the Emancipation Act was actually passed?
Yes, everybody knows that Emancipation came about 175 years ago today, on August 1, 1838; however, this was five years after the Emancipation Act was actually passed. Today’s post takes a short tour of the circumstances leading up to the full Emancipation of the enslaved black population in Jamaica.