Slavery Remembrance Day

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The annual Slavery Remembrance Day is held on 23 August. On this day in 1791 an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) began. It was a crucial event in the fight to end the European transatlantic slave trade. The date has been designated by UNESCO as Slavery Remembrance Day, a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation.

Our Slavery Remembrance Day commemoration acknowledge a major period of trauma and injustice in world history, which is too often forgotten. The events enable us to remember and reflect upon the millions of lives that were stolen through enslavement. It also allows us to consider the many legacies and achievements of people of African heritage throughout the diaspora.

Slavery Remembrance Day 2016 events

Our annual celebrations included:

Why is Slavery Remembrance Day important? 

Slavery Remembrance Day is important because it helps us to:

  • Commemorate the lives and deaths of the millions of enslaved Africans and their descendants who were central to the rise of Britain as an industrial power.
  • Remember that we live with the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade and the enslavement of Africans, such as global inequalities, racism and discrimination.
  • Celebrate the resistance, rebellion and revolution that ended the transatlantic slavetrade and the enslavement of Africans, as well as the rise of popular movements for civil rights and social justice.

Resistance to injustices and discrimination is a central theme of the International Slavery Museum and that is why we fully support the continued observance of this important event.

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Previous Slavery Remembrance Days

See highlights from previous years in our picture gallery.