Eintou Pearl Springer's play "Freedom Morning Come!!!" will be performed on Friday August 1st at 6 am in front of the Treasury Building as part of the Emancipation Support Committee's 2014 Emancipation celebrations. The play features a stellar cast including Eunice Alleyne, Makesi Algernon, Dara Ejisu Healy, Sterling ‘Gamma Ghost' Kent, Brendon Lacaille, Muhammad Muwakil, Camille Quamina and Tishanna Williams.
"Freedom Morning Come!!!" is a conversation between the enslaved people who gathered outside the Treasury Building to hear the then Governor George Fitzgerald Hill read the Emancipation Proclamation in 1834. All of the play's characters are based on the documented lives of enslaved people from plantations in and around Port of Spain, Trinidad in the mid-19th century.
In the modern history of civil disobedience or non-violent direct action, this moment is recorded as one of the first, as the enslaved shouted down the island's Governor with cries of 'pas de six ans' – no six years – against the announcement that there would be a six year period of apprenticeship instead of full freedom.
The cast will gather at the historic All Stars Panyard on the corner of George and Duke Streets at 5 a.m. to perform a special ritual to the ancestors. They will then pilgrimage to the Treasury Building along the Piccadilly Greens and past Yoruba Village, chanting and pouring libations in the spirit of Emancipation morning. Members of the public are invited to join them as they re-enact the walk of the former enslaved to witness the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Emancipation procession known as ‘Kambule' will move off from the Treasury Building and head to the Queen's Park Savannah at the end of the Play.
Join us on the steps of the Treasury Building as we honour those who fought for our freedom!
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