Slavery Remembrance Day

23 August

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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 commemorations 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.

Our annual celebrations include the walk of remembrance, a libation on the waterfront and the Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance Lecture, delivered by Gina Belafonte in 2018. 

Growth: the theme for 2018

The theme for Slavery Remembrance Day 2018 is growth, with the symbol of the okra flower. Find out why okra and other plants from Africa were essential for survival and resistance amongst enslaved people, in this interview with Geri Augusto.

Geri Augusto is Visiting Associate Professor of International and Public affairs at Brown University in the USA and a Watson Institute Faculty Fellow.


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A green resistance: plants and enslavement

Have you seen the new design for our Slavery Remembrance Day posters and leaflets this year?They are all around the city centre and waterfront promoting Slavery Remembrance Day and the Unity Carnival.A big, pale yellow flower sits in the middle of a black background.

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