Commemoration Abolition of Slavery

S50002871 February 1835 marks the abolition of slavery in Mauritius.

1 February is a public holiday in Mauritius for the commemoration of the abolition of slavery. An official commemoration ceremony will be held at Le Morne mountain (see above photo). This mountain was the hiding place for Maroons (escaped slaves) and is today the symbol of the tragic events relating to slavery but also of resistance. Signs of the presence of Maroons have been found on this mountain in caverns and cavities. In 2008 this mountain was officially recognised by UNESCO as Le Morne Cultural Landscape.

Also read my previous blog article regarding the lost identity of descendants of slaves : “What’s in a Name?”. Detailed information and a virtual tour is available on the Le Morne Heritage Trust website.

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