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August First: A West Indian Jubilee in America

November 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dr. Dexter J. Gabriel, Department of History, UConn
Sunday, November 5, 1 pm
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn, Storrs, CT
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

On August 1, 1834, the British Abolition Act freed by proclamation 800,000 slaves in the West Indies. In the coming decades, August First—at times called West India Day—became one of the largest abolitionist celebrations in America. Black and white abolitionists throughout the Northern United States—from New England to the Midwest—commemorated the day as a triumph against slavery both at home and abroad, arguing that the success of freedom in the British West Indies foretold the success of freedom in America. — (860) 486-4460


November 5, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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