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We are one

23 August 2008 to 31 January 2009

Please note that this display has now closed

montage of different illustrations of African scenes

Artwork by pupils from St Mary's Catholic College, Wirral

'We are one' was a projected display that celebrated and reflected on the International Slavery Museum's first year.

The museum has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors since it opened on 23 August 2007.

'We are one' highlighed the messages, comments and images left by those visitors. Some were positive, others were profound. There were those that were deliberately offensive or even racist. We wanted to show the range of feelings that the museum generates and to prove to those who thought that such a museum was not needed in Liverpool, that indeed it was.

While the majority of the museum's visitors are from the UK there have also been many international visitors. The response from people of the African diaspora in particular has been especially positive and indeed has highlighted just what the museum means to many people. Some have described their visit as a pilgrimage. Others were sceptical before their visit - but not after it - that a the museum could faithfully cover the subject of transatlantic slavery without a Eurocentric bias.

We feel that this has been achieved in the museum mainly due to the fact that at no time are Africans made passive; they are always seen as agents of their own liberation and as such it has met the needs and expectations of many people. The museum also sees itself as an active campaigner against forms of racism and discrimination which are still present in Britain and indeed Liverpool; this was clearly demonstrated by naming one of the rooms here in the museum after the murdered Black teenager Anthony Walker.

At the International Slavery Museum we also see ourselves playing a pivotal role in campaigning against contemporary forms of slavery and as such are working closely with a number of human rights organisations. Many of the comments in this exhibition alluded to the many forms of contemporary slavery and the feelings of injustice that such practices evoke.

As we build on the success of the incredible first year we hope you come with us and continue to tell us how the exhibitions and themes within the museum affect you.