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2020 Emanci-dependence Celebration

Let’s celebrate Jamaica 58

JNA historically partners with the Jamaican Embassy and volunteers to host an annual Ecumenical Service in the Washington DC metro area to celebrate Jamaica’s Independence. The 58th Anniversary Celebration will be on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 11am and will be virtual. Specific information on participation will be provided once they are finalized.

What is the History of Emancipation Day?

The British, like other colonial powers, had allowed the widespread practice of slavery to take place during the time of expansion to the new world. In 1772, the ruling in the case of Somerset v Stewart determined that slavery was unsupported by the common law in England and Wales. While the ruling was not clear on the situation in other parts of the Empire, this case was seen as a key turning point in the change towards emancipation.

Slavery was finally abolished throughout the British Empire by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which came into effect on August 1, 1834.

What Jamaican charity will be supported by the Annual Ecumenical Independence Service and how can you support this charity? At past services, a Jamaican charity was selected to receive the offertory , but this year’s selected charity has not yet been announced. We will keep you informed and share with you how you can donate.

How to celebrate Jamaica 58 during the pandemic:

  • Watch the Ecumenical Independence Service
  • Celebrate with a traditional Jamaican Breakfast,
  • Connect with family and friends,
  • Commit to preserving Jamaica’s heritage and culture.

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