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Haiti’s ties with Emancipation Day celebrated

Ernest Peets, the culture minister, joins representatives from community groups in the lead-up to Cup Match to highlight the impact of Haiti’s fight for freedom in Bermuda’s celebration of emancipation (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

The fight against slavery in a Caribbean nation 1,000 miles to Bermuda’s south has been celebrated as the island looks to commemorate its own 1834 emancipation over Cup Match.

Glenn Fubler, from the activist group Imagine Bermuda, said the Haitian Revolution beginning in 1791, culminating in the Caribbean island’s defeat of Napoleon on 1804, helped to hasten the demise of slavery as an institution worldwide.

“They liberated themselves, but also started a momentum, a series of dominoes that spread across the globe.”

He said celebrating Haiti’s example of freedom was all the more timely with the country’s crisis since the July 7 assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse.

In “the spirit of solidarity and as a demonstration of appreciation”, St George’s Cricket Club is to include Haiti’s flag among those flown for Cup Match this year.

The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport, in tandem with the National Museum of Bermuda, is also donating copies of Prudent Rebels: Bermudians and the First Age of Revolution (1774-1849) by Bermudian historian Clarence Maxwell to sporting and community groups across the island.

Mr Fubler said the book highlighted “some context of the circumstances during the period of the Haitian Revolution, and its implications for Bermuda”.

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Published July 28, 2021 at 7:40 am (Updated July 28, 2021 at 7:25 am)

Haiti’s ties with Emancipation Day celebrated

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