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Brief: Freedom Week Begins Sunday, Governor Proclaims

June 28, 2007 — Governor John deJongh Jr. has proclaimed July 1-7 as “Freedom Week” in the territory, according to a Government House news release.
July 3 of each year has been designated as Emancipation Day, in the territory pursuant to Title 1, Section 171 of the V.I. code. This year marks the 159th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the former Danish West Indies. Enslaved Africans in the former Danish West Indies were declared free and slavery abolished through a proclamation issued in 1848 by Governor-General Peter Von Scholten.
Emancipation Day is an event which, by law, is designated a public holiday because of its significant historical importance to the people of the territory. It is a commemoration of the day on which the first such proclamation of freedom was issued on what would later become American soil.
"This July 4 marks the 231st anniversary of the independence and birth of the United States of America, a nation that has given rise to the ideals of freedom and democracy, while championing the cause of human rights throughout the world," the release said. "These consecutive days have linked the never-ending desire for human freedom to the concept of government for, of and by the people."
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