Emancipation Day, August 1, holds a special meaning to Caribbean people. The Southern Chapter of the Saint Lucia National Trust is continuing to remind residents of the significance of this observation.
Cyril Saltibus, a member of the National Trust, explained that for the last three years, the southern chapter organises an early morning walk with breakfast at a nature site, which is then followed up with a historical discussion.
“We go walking on the first of August every year. We take this long walk like we want to say we have left some plantation and we are now free. So we walk along the coast of Vieux Fort and last year we ended at a place called Point Wash and we had a gentleman called brother Moses from Vieux Fort who did history as it pertains to the occupation of the Americans in Vieux Fort. As you know Vieux Fort was a very huge military base and there is still a lot of untold stories there.”
This activity is aimed at enlightening Saint Lucians and also serves as an educational and advocacy movement in fostering national pride.
This year’s theme promises to be controversial and thought-provoking.
“This year we try to bring it home. Looking at Lincoln’s contribution to the emancipation of the slaves and Nelson Mandela’s continued struggle and how today, people say that the struggle is not really over.”
On Thursday, August 1, the walk will commence at 6:30 am. Registration is $5.
For more information, interested persons can contact the Saint Lucia National Trust at 452-5005.