Flashback to Emancipation Day Vigil 2019

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These women seemed to have been locked in a competition as to who could do the Ska better.

The Annual Emancipation Vigil was held at the historic Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay on Wednesday, July 31. The vigil featured performances from 2017 Big Stage Winner Jada Messam, Hiya Sight, Ras Bagga, Singer J and the Inspiration Band, with the inimitable Ernie Smith closing the entertainment segment, unleashing a plethora of hits including, “Life is Just for Living”, “Pitta Patta”, “One Dream” The Living Years” as he had the audience begging for more.


Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis who gave the official welcome urged the citizenry to do all in their power to secure and protect the children, while advocating for the full brunt of the law to be meted out to the offenders.


Custos Rotulorum of St. James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, read the official Emancipation Declaration at midnight and Councillor Dwight Crawford, Community and Civic affair Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, lit the symbolic Flames of Freedom, a practice which has roots to the Kensington Estate being set ablaze in South St. James in 1831, to signal the slave rebellion.

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