Barbados will once again join the international community in celebrating Emancipation Day, on Friday, August 1.
This year, under the theme: From Bussa to Sir Gary, celebrations will take the format of an Emancipation Freedom and Heritage Walk, in which places of interest related to the journey from slavery to emancipation will be highlighted.
The walk will begin at the Emancipation Statue in Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, and proceed along Government Hill, Tweedside Road, Country Road, Passage Road, Westbury Road, and President Kennedy Drive.
Walkers will then turn left at President Kennedy Drive, and proceed to the statue of National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, at Kensington Oval. From there, the walk will continue on to Spring Garden, where an official ceremony will be held at the Bridgetown Craft Market.
Participants are asked to assemble at the Emancipation Statue at 3:30 p.m. for a prompt start at 4:00 p.m. The Emancipation Freedom and Heritage Walk is expected to end at 5:30 p.m., with the official ceremony at Bridgetown Craft Market slated to take place from 6:00 to 6:50 p.m. Cultural presentations will also be featured during the ceremony.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Stephen Lashley, will deliver an address, while noted historians Morris Greenidge and Trevor Marshall will give historical overviews during the walk.