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Biography Part 4 - Legacy

News of the rebellion is believed to have accelerated the objection to slavery in England, resulting in two detailed parliamentary enquiries. In 1833, slavery was abolished across the British Empire under the Slavery Abolition Act and was replaced by a system of "apprenticeship". On 1 August 1838 the apprenticeship system ceased and slaves were granted freedom, this day is commemorated every year on 1 August as the "Emancipation Day" public holiday.

After its undignified burial in Montego Bay Harbour, Sharpe's body was exhumed and reinterred in the Burchell Memorial Baptist Church. In 1975 Sam Sharpe was declared a national hero; his face appears on the Jamaican $50 bill.

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