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Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has urged Jamaicans to embrace their roots and culture, and stand proud of their history.
“Today, we are a free people in charge of our own destiny and we can look back on that path and that important connection between where we started and where we are today,” Mr. Golding said.
The Prime Minister was addressing the Emancipation Jubilee, held at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann’s Bay on July 31.
This freedom, Mr. Golding said, should not be taken for granted as “many of our forefathers died in the struggle for Emancipation.”
“There were many of them who tried hard against terrible odds to see even if Emancipation could come before the year 1834, but they failed. They failed in bringing that day forward, but they contributed to the eventual victory over this kind of degradation,” he said.
With the Emancipation Jubilee celebrations being a cultural entertainment package that many look forward to yearly, Mr. Golding pointed out that there was an even greater significance to the staging of the event.
“Yes, we gather to enjoy ourselves and yes, we gather to observe this ritual, but we gather also to remind ourselves of where we are coming from, who we are, how we got to where we are and how we got to become who we are,” he said.
The Prime Minister urged Jamaicans never to forget the significance of Emancipation Day.
The event, which was put on by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), saw thousands of Jamaicans and visitors in attendance.