“August First” … the original Day of Independence for British owned slaves

Some 30 years before the United States’ Emancipation Proclamation was signed, 800,000 slaves in the British colonies were declared freed.

“August First” or Slavey Abolition Act, marks the day in 1834 when it became illegal to own slaves in British colonies — yet with a four-year transition to full freedom for our Afro Caribbean brethren.

There is so much more to learn aboutthe global fight for liberty for slaves that began as early as 1794 in the Caribbean, Europe, the U.S.

There are so many memorable and little-known facts about the real July Fourth for many former slaves. Learn about August First and more in the debut monthly e-book by Good Genes Genealogy Services on August 1, 2021. Details will be revealed soon!

Stay close to this blog and keep researching your family’s great history. We’re here to help you on your journey.

Published by Learning family histories

Our genealogy traces our family from western and central Africa and western Europe. Our ancestors entered the United States at the Virginia and Georgia Ports. First cousins Mark Owen and Ann Lineve Wead (it is protocol to use the maiden names of females in genealogy searches) are responsible for writing this blog. Although Ann has been involved in genealogy research while searching for certain ancestors since the age of 10, the cousins began deeper research of their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic Year of 2020. Devoting as much as 6 hours some evenings to the methodical training and research of genealogy, the cousins completed the year 2020 by earning genealogy certificates. Join us. @goodgenesgenealogy on wordpress and fb, twitter Sign up for our blog and enjoy the journey.

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