Commemoration of the abolition of slavery remains set for May 27 

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On November 5, 2015, the Territorial Council unanimously adopted the change in the date of commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Saint-Martin. Historical research had been initiated, in particular by Mrs. Daniella Jeffry, on the real date of the abolition of slavery in Saint-Martin. 

Effective on May 27 in Guadeloupe, the abolition of slavery was effective on May 28 in Saint-Martin, which is confirmed by archives, and in particular a recent discovery in the Territorial Archives where this date is explicitly marked to close the register. birth, marriage and death certificates of the slaves of Marigot (Territorial Archives, 1 E 371). To date, the administrative procedure with the government aiming to record this change of date is still ongoing. Indeed, only a ministerial decree can ratify the date of May 28 as the date of commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Saint-Martin and as an official holiday. As the date change procedure is underway, the commemoration of the abolition of slavery will take place again this year on May 27, 2016. _AF

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