It was beautiful, Black historian says of Emancipation Day declaration in N.B.

On Wednesday, the New Brunswick legislature unanimously passed a motion declaring Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day. The recognition came due to the efforts of organizations like the New Brunswick African Association, the New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance and REACH. (Credit: David Coon/Facebook)
On Wednesday, the New Brunswick legislature unanimously passed a motion declaring Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day. The recognition came due to the efforts of organizations like the New Brunswick African Association, the New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance and REACH. (Credit: David Coon/Facebook)

Mary McCarthy Brandt says Black communities have long recognized the significance of Aug. 1

For a person who has dedicated her life to eradicating the erasure of New Brunswick Black history, this was a moment unlike any other.

Mary McCarthy Brandt said she witnessed history being made this week when the New Brunswick Legislature unanimously agreed to formally declare Aug. 1 Emancipation Day.

“The whole floor stood up and applauded the gallery. It was beautiful,” said the historian and advocate, who watched the event unfold on her laptop in Florida, where she now makes her home. 

Source: CBC

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