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Sunday, August 4th, 2019

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4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Emancipation Day

Join St. Martin's as we gather for our 4th Annual Celebration of Emancipation Day! Doors open for our ethnic vendors at 4:00 p.m. Then we'll hold a joyous worship service at 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception with Caribbean foods. Our guest preacher this evening will be The Very Rev. Rene John, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ.

The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 ended slavery in the British Empire on August 28, 1834. Emancipation Day is widely observed in the former Carribbean Colonies of Britain during the first week of August to remember and celebrate this historic moment of liberation from oppression and injustice. As the Anglican Church is large and popular in the Caribbean, Emancipation Day includes liturgical celebrations!