A plaque will be placed in front of the Treasury Building on Independence Square, Port of Spain, to acknowledge the Proclamation which marked the abolition of slavery in this country.
The Emancipation Proclamation was read on August 1st 1834 by Governor Sir George Hill. The formerly enslaved, except children under the age of six, were declared to be 'apprentices' for six years. Four years later, on August 1st, 1838, the African slaves in this country were officially free.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement of the ornamental tablet at Thursday’s Emancipation Day celebrations.