Holiday Greetings: Happy August Mawnin’ from Bnei Yisrael Society! #2020 #EmancipationDay

“To the Friends of Negro Emancipation”, an engraving in the West Indies, celebrating the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833. Image credit: Wikipedia, Engraving by David Lucas after a painting by Alexander Rippingille

Bnei Yisrael Society wishes all who remember and observe a happy August Mawnin’ (“August Morning”) or Emancipation Day 2020. The holiday commemorates the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves throughout the former British Empire on August 1, 1834. In the early morning of August 1, 1834, some slaves in Jamaica climbed the mountaintops to usher in the dawn of their freedom. They would continue the celebration of their freedom in morning church services of thanksgiving. For this reason, the August 1st Emancipation Day is called “August Morning” or “August Mawnin’.” In 2020, “August Mawnin’” is commemorated on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Effective August 1, 1834, All enslaved persons below the age of six years received immediate emancipation, however, those six years and older were required to serve their former slavemasters as “paid” apprentices for an additional six years until August 1, 1840. The period of apprenticeship, however, was abolished two years early with full emancipation taking effect on August 1, 1838.

May The Almighty continue and complete the liberation of our people worldwide!

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