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Schoelcher Day

July 21

Schoelcher Day

SXM Festival

21ST JULY

GRAND ANSE, SAINT MARTIN

Victor Schoelcher was a French abolitionist writer in the 19th Century and was also the main spokesman for a group from Paris who formed an abolition society in 1834. They worked for the abolition slavery. Schoelcher worked especially hard for the abolition of slavery on the Caribbean islands, specifically the French West Indies, including St. Martin. As a result, St. Martin celebrates the birthdate of Victor Schoelcher, 21st July.

In the days before and after Schoelcher Day, a commemorative street party is held in Grand Anse. Traditional and cultural activities take place mainly centred around sports, including a boat race from Grand Case Bay to Anguilla, a mini-marathon and an island-wide bike race ending in Grand Case. Of course, any celebration will often also include traditional games, cultural events and musical entertainment, this is no exception.

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July 21
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Grand Anse
Collectivity of Saint Martin