The Collectivity of Saint-Martin commemorates the abolition of slavery on its territory every May 28. An official ceremony will take place tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. near the Lady Liberty statue, a symbol of emancipation, on the Agrément roundabout.
Speeches and official tributes paid to personalities who contributed to the emancipation, dances, songs and traditional music, will constitute the program of this official commemoration, marking the 174th anniversary of the abolition of slavery on the territory of Saint-Martin.
The program :
9:30 a.m. – Cultural Performance
- Drum rolls to the sound of conch conch. By Mr Hélier Coquillas & co
- Parade of traditional costumes. By " Saint Martin tradition and culture »
- Reading of the Decree for the abolition of slaveryby the Director of Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Richards
- Sketch by BCD and Shining Diamonds students: "People from slavery to today / de l'enseignement à nos jours"
- The escape of the Nèg' Marrons. By the troop Grain of Gold »
10:00 a.m. – Official Commemoration
Musical introduction: Songs of Saint-Martin: Oh Sweet Saint Martin Land et Saint Martin is my Home. By Natisha Hanson and Guitarist.
- The official speeches
- Madam President of the Culture Committee, Ms Valérie Damaseau
- Mr. PRESIDENT Louis Mussington
- Madam Senator, Annick Pétrus
- Mr. Deputy Prefect, Vincent Berton
- Unveiling of a commemorative plaque
The Making of a Country – Life after emancipation. Personalities who have significantly contributed to the identity of Saint-Martin. Background: " Sound Freedom Song »
- Deposit of sheaves
- Madam President of the Culture Committee
- Mr. President Louis Mussington
- Madam Senator
- Mr. Deputy Prefect
- Moment of contemplation followed by a drum roll
Artistic and cultural representation PONUM / Drum rolls
10:30 a.m. – Traditional Tasting / End of the Ceremony
A torchlight procession organized by the association USEP les Tigres d'Orléans from the Clair Saint Maximin school in Quartier d'Orléans
Still as part of the commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Saint-Martin, the association USEP les Tigres d'Orléans of the Clair Saint Maximin school in Quartier d'Orléans is organizing a torchlight march through the streets of piece. It will take place this Saturday, May 28 from 17 p.m. to 20:30 p.m. between the Clair Saint Maximin school and the Quartier d'Orléans wastewater treatment plant (round trip).
This march will be preceded by several activities on the theme of slavery (art and sport) and the reading of a story for children written by Mrs. Marie Joselyne Arnell.
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