Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dutch commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Amsterdam

On July 1, 2009, the Dutch institute for slavery history, NiNsee, will organise for the eighth consecutive year the National Memorial of the Dutch Slavery Past. On July 1, 1863 slavery was abolished in the former Dutch colonies of Suriname and Netherlands Antilles. Thus ended a period of more than 200 years of slavery in the colonies. This part of Keti Koti (broken chains) includes the formal commemoration at the monument in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam.

This memorial has now developed into a ceremony with speeches by ministers on behalf of the government, the mayor of Amsterdam, representatives of the Ghanaian, Surinamese, Antillean and Aruban governments. The ceremony will begin at 10:45 to 12:30, from 14:30 to 18:30 there will be live performances

Keti Koti program Amsterdam (Dutch)


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