The UWI Museum will be closed to the public from July 31 – August 7. This is a period, in Jamaica where the museum is located at the UWI’s regional headquarters, when public holidays follow hot on each other’s heels. This reflects the fact that the beginning of August is full of historical significance in Jamaica and across much of the Caribbean.
August 1 commemmorates Emancipation Day, 1838; celebrating an end to the enslavement of Africans and African descendants on British plantations throughout the Caribbean. Most countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) celebrate Emancipation.
August 6 celebrates independence of Jamaica from British colonial rule, which occurred in 1962. Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St Kitts/Nevis all celebrate cultural holidays at this time also.