160 years abolition of slavery stamps series


Designer: Avantia Damberg
Date of Issue: June 29th, 2023
Stamp paper: True White
Face Value of Stamps: 250c, 350c, 450c, 550c ,650c, 750c
Perforation: 14 x 13 1/4
Size of Stamps:  60 x 60 mm
Printing: Offset
Color: CMYK
Printer: Johan Enschede Security Print, Haarlem, The Netherlands


Cpost International is proud to present this emission of six stamps dedicated to the 160 years abolition of slavery. The first stamp left of the top row of 250c has the
plantation house “Knip” on it in the background. Here is the place where the slave revolt in Curaçao started in 1795. Also enslaved women were battling for
freedom. The middle stamp 350c on the top row has the fist of the fight for freedom and a chain with an open shackle. This was designed by Yubi Kirindongo and is
placed on 7 key locations of the fight for freedom that took place in Curaçao in 1795. The right stamp on the top row 450c has the portrait of an Afro-Caribbean
woman who expresses strength, beauty, dignity and grace. The kibrahacha flowers gracing her, reflect bright, beauty and strength as these trees can survive without
water for long periods of time. The left stamp 550c of the bottom row is about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the Dutch WIC (West Indian Company) who traded
in enslaved people from African countries to the Americas. The middle stamp of the bottom row 650c has a slave ship in the back, the national monument
Desenkadená (‘Unshackled’) made by Nel Simon. In the center Tula and a man and a woman at his side representing all the other male and female freedom fighters
of 1795. To complete this stamp series there is the stamp right below 750c which has 4 men who fought for freedom from their oppressors: Camille Desmoulins who
was one of the key figures in the beginning of the French revolution in 1789, Toussaint L’Ouverture who fought for the cause of Saint Domingue (Haïti) in 1793,
afterwards Tula for Curaçao in 1795 and that same year in Coro, Falcón, Venezuela one of the freedom fighters was the then so-called sambo (mix of African and
indigenous) José Leonardo Chirino. The movement for abolition of slavery started with the motto ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité’, meaning Freedom, Equality, Fraternity.
Cpost International would like to extend its gratitude to Mrs. Avantia Damberg for the tremendous work she has done as the designer of this commemorative stamp.