Keti Koti – “Broken Shackles”


Keti Koti, a Surinamese term, means “Broken Shackles”. It symbolizes the abolition of slavery on July 1, 1863 in the former colonies of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles. . However, slaves in Suriname would not be fully free until 1873, after a mandatory 10 year transition period during which time they were required to work on the plantations.