THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
This year, 2018, marks the 170th anniversary of emancipation in the US Virgin Islands.
The Emancipation Proclamation, which gave the laboring class its freedom, is the most powerful document in the history of the US Virgin Islands.
The horrors of the "middle passage" from the Guinea Coast to the West Indies and the living conditions of the population had taken its toll.
In early July of 1848, the enslaved population sent a signal to each of the estates by ringing bells and blowing conch shells to let them know the time was at hand.
They marched together to find the Governor to which they made their demands known.
Governor Peter von Scholten, fearing the loss of lives and the destruction of the island, granted their request for immediate freedom and signed the proclamation.
This journal was created to honor that moment in V.I. history as a physical reminder of the sacrifices island ancestors made for the freedom their descendants enjoy today.
To learn more about that fateful day, Dr. Beretta shared his personal family's story below.
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• Front cover: Emancipation Proclamation
• 120 page, ruled-line, single pages
• Black back cover with a pocket
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