Govt approves $17.3M for Emancipation day celebrations

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The Ministry of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, has been allocated $17.3Million for the hosting of this year’s Emancipation activities.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon made this known yesterday at a post-Cabinet press briefing which was held at the Ministry of the Presidency. Harmon said the money will be divided among the African organisations registered with the ministry for the hosting of events in the respective villages.

In addition to the traditional celebration in the National Park, Minister Harmon said that a special Emancipation event will be hosted at the Union Cultural Complex, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six).

Emancipation is celebrated on August 1 to commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1834.

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