Emancipation Day launched

Prof. Pascal Younge,(right) briefing the press on the programmeThe Ghana Tourism Authority has launched the 2015 Emancipation Day on the theme, “Re-uniting the African family for development”.

Activities to mark the occasion include, wreath laying ceremonies at the Dubois Centre, the George Padmore Library and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, a release from the authority has said.

“Assin Praso will also mark the occasion with a durbar and the re-enactment of the slave crossing of the River Pra,” the release said and added that there would be a reverential night at the Cape Coast Castle.

At the Cape Coast Castle, it said there would be a candle light procession, roll call of ancestors and reading of the proclamation of the black man’s freedom from the obnoxious slave trade which took away over 300 million people from the continent.

The ceremony would be climaxed with a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of Assin Manso in the Central Region, the release said.

Recounting the history of slave trade on the continent, it said the trading relationship between forefathers on the continent and the Europeans started on a mutual beneficial arrangement until it developed into a human tragedy.

Slave trade, it said, later developed into its worst form called Chattel Slavery.

“Under Chattel Slavey, the victims were regarded as property without any rights. They had no right to education and health. They had no personality and were completely at the disposal of their masters,” it said.

On August 1, 1834, Chattel Slavery was abolished in the then New World Societies, the present day United States, the Caribbean and the islands of the Atlantic, the statement said.

By Times Reporter

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