Exhibition and Sale of Abolition
Postage Stamps, Books This Saturday
public is invited to view an exhibition on the Trans-Atlantic
Trade in Africans, and purchase recently released (June
2007) postage stamps highlighting the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic
Trade in Africans.
The activities, to be held at the Sovereign Centre (across
the road from the Liguanea Post Mall that houses the Liguanea
Post Office) on Saturday, July 28, 2007, are part of the
continuing thrust of the Jamaica National Bicentenary Committee
(JNBC), to highlight the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition
of the Trans-Atlantic Trade in Africans to Jamaica. Festivities
begin at 10 am and continue until 6 pm.
As part of the event, postage stamps and philatelic souvenirs,
books, and art will be on sale. Films and documentaries
on slavery may be viewed, while leading authors will be
available for book signing. The entertainment package showcases
Mutabaruka and drumming by the Kingston Drummers.
Speakers include Professor Verene Shepherd, Chairman of
the (JNBC) which was established to mark the 200th Anniversary
of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Trade in Africans.
Miss Jamaica Universe 2007, Zahra Redwood, will be on spot
to open the exhibition, and Dr. Orville Taylor, UWI Lecturer
and media commentator, will officially launch a publication
entitled Freedom Delayed. A compact, exercise
book-sized pamphlet, Freedom Delayed was produced
by the JNBC with sponsorship from the CHASE Fund as well
as publishers Ian Randle and UNESCO. It provides relevant
educational materials for schools with information on aspects
of slavery and even includes excerpts of the Abolition Act,
and thus should be well appreciated by students and their
The Ministry of Education will assist in distributing these
to secondary schools throughout Jamaica. For further information,
please contact the JNBC Secretariat at Tel: 970-4441.
The Abolition postage stamps are available
at all post offices; the philatelic souvenirs can be sourced
at the Central Sorting Office, as well as the following
post offices: Liguanea, Norman Manley International Airport
Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Montego Bay #1.