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Commemoration of the 173rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery

MONT VERNON: The Collectivité de Saint Martin and its Culture Department organized a commemorative morning on Friday, May 28th, at the former Mont Vernon Plantation, a highly symbolic historical site where the memory of slaves is still very present.

After the traditional laying of wreaths at the foot of the old building, a visit to the Plantation, led by Christophe Henocq, allowed the personalities present to recall the history of this small piece of land, bought by the Collectivity, a few years ago, with the aim of rehabilitating the master building thanks to the Bern fund, and to build an educational and cultural project which should see the light of day in the next few years.

The event ended with the cultural presentations of the students of the extracurricular school of Saint Martin and the choir of Natisha Hanson.

Special thanks to Cedric Benjamin and Elio Coquillas for their moving interpretation of La Marseillaise on traditional instruments, the steel pan, the Gwo Ka and the Conch blowing.

Thank you to the counterparts from Sint Maarten, notably the Acting Prime Minister Deputy J. Doran and his delegation, who attended the ceremony.

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