By Benjamin Flowers: Today, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) announced the official calendar of events leading up to the celebration of Emancipation Day 2022, which is being celebrated on August 1.
The festivities begin on Thursday, July 28 with the Virtual Exhibit Re-Launch of NICH’s The Documentary Heritage of Slavery & Emancipation in Belize, which will be done Live on Facebook. The festivities continue on July 29 with the National Library Service and Information System’s Libations at the Library event, which will be held simultaneously on Facebook and at the Turton Library Centre (Belize City) as well as the National Heritage Library (Belmopan).
On July 31, there will be an “Eve of Emancipation Service” at the Queen Street Baptist Church, in honor of the service held on July 31, 1838. That event will be at 10:45 p.m.and will be carried live on Facebook.
On Emancipation Day, the Council of Churches will be tolling church bells at 6 a.m. countrywide. The Institute of Archaeology – NICH Archaeology of Emancipation: Evidence of Resistance All Day on Facebook. There will also be virtual and in-person events hosted by NICH and the National Kriol Council, including the Ebo Town Festival and Football Tournament held at the Yabra Green from 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.