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Black people are stronger than slavery, says TCI Premier in Emancipation Day message

#Providenciales, August 2, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – tThe descendants of the black Africans who were victims of slavery were today reminded that they are stronger than the atrocities perpetuated against their ancestors and they were urged to self-reflect on this monumental day in history.

“Emancipation Day offers us the opportunity to reflect on our history and allows that history to serve as a mirror. When peering into that mirror, the reflection tells us more about who we are than what was perpetuated against us; that we are stronger than any system designed to subjugate us; and that no circumstance or challenge will deter us from being masters of our own destiny.”

It has been 185 years since slavery was abolished by the United Kingdom and the Turks and Caicos returns this year to the August 1st commemoration for its public holiday.

During her visit to the Cheshire Hall Slave Plantation today, Premier Sharlene Robinson said the celebration of Emancipation on August 1st this year was intentional, and a statement by the Turks and Caicos to remember the exact date when African slaves across the British Empire were made free. 

Hon Robinson, in her Emancipation Day Message offered a riveting statement from Jamaican-born, multi-talented and globally renown founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association; the late Marcus Garvey. 

“Marcus Garvey stated that “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”.

The Premier added, “Knowledge of our history is essential to charting the course ahead for the Turks and Caicos Islands. History helps us to understand that we are part of a continuum of perseverance, pride, strength, ingenuity and resilience. We are rooted in the legacy of our fore-bearers whose courage and fortitude are our inheritance. Their legacy has enabled us to arrive at this unique juncture and will propel our nation toward full mastery of its fate.”

The Premier’s Emancipation Day Message can be read in full at




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