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Connecticut West Indians Reflect On Emancipation Day And Legacy Of Atlantic Slavery

 A poster for an event commemorating West Indian Emancipation Day in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1849
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A poster for an event commemorating West Indian Emancipation Day in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1849

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the US, and it’s now a federal holiday. But Juneteenth isn’t the only holiday that recognizes the legal end of slavery in the Americas.

August 1st is Emancipation Day in many English-speaking countries across the Caribbean.

This hour, we talk about the history of slavery and emancipation in the West Indies.
We want to hear from you. Are you a Connecticut resident of West Indian descent?

GUESTS:

  • Sandra Taitt-Eaddy - family historian, certified teacher and independent historical researcher with a masters in Public History from Central Connecticut State University
  • Fiona Vernal - Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at UConn
  • Dexter Gabriel - Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies at UConn

Cat Pastor and Maisy Carvalho contributed to this show.

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Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
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