SOCIETY: 176th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery


Tomorrow, Tuesday May 28, the Community of Saint-Martin will commemorate the 176th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery on the French part of the island.

Entitled “Life after emancipation – The making of a country”, this annual commemoration will take place at the Lady Liberty roundabout, in Agrément, this Tuesday, May 28 from 16 p.m. to 18 p.m. Punctuated with speeches and entertainment, the celebration will pay tribute to Elisa Inès Lewis Louis Baly, better known as Tantan Nez, an emblematic figure of the Freetown / Saint-Louis district. The entire population is cordially invited to come and celebrate this strong and founding moment in the history of Saint-Martin._VX


A little history…

Reestablished under Napoleon Bonaparte on May 20, 1802, slavery was definitively abolished on April 27, 1848 in France. The second decree for the abolition of slavery in France adopted at the instigation of Victor Schœlcher and signed by the Provisional Government of the Second Republic specifies that “no French land can no longer support slaves”. On May 27, 1848, France abolished slavery in Guadeloupe and brought Saint-Martin into humanist history. The governor of Guadeloupe then decided to apply the abolition decree throughout the archipelago. In Saint-Martin, the abolition of slavery is celebrated on May 28. In 1863, fifteen years after the French side, the Dutch side finally abolished slavery.


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