Special stamps celebrate 160 years of abolition of slavery in Curaçao

June 26, 2023  –WILLEMSTAD – A unique series of stamps, created by Cpost International, has been released to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. These stamps highlight significant events and individuals who have fought for freedom and equality. The design is by the Curaçaoan artist Avantia Damberg. 

In July 2023, Curaçao marks 160 years since the abolition of slavery. Cpost International has seized this memorable occasion to issue a series of stamps that not only inform the community about the importance of stamps but also contribute to social and cultural education. 

The stamps draw attention to crucial historical events, such as the French Revolution in 1789 and the struggle for freedom in Saint Domingue in 1793. The series also highlights the massive uprising in Coro, Venezuela, led by José Leonardo Chirino, and the fight for freedom in Curaçao in 1795, led by Tula. 

On July 1, 1863, the Netherlands officially abolished slavery. This year, the Kingdom of the Netherlands commemorates 160 years since the abolition of slavery. This commemoration comes shortly after the Dutch government’s official apology on December 19, 2022, for the crimes against humanity committed during slavery and the slave trade. 

The series features six stamps, designed by the renowned local visual artist Avantia Damberg. The first stamp depicts the Kenepa Plantation House, where the struggle for freedom began in 1795. Other stamps include images such as the Moketa di Lucha (Fist of the Struggle), a portrait of an Afro-Caribbean woman, and images symbolizing the transatlantic slave trade. 

It is important to realize that the fight for justice, equality, and against discrimination continues. The stamp series emphasizes the importance of remembering history and working towards a community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. 

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