Slavery Remembrance Day

23 August

Free events


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.

Liverpool's 20th Slavery Remembrance Day

Slavery Remembrance Day has been marked on 23 August in Liverpool since 1999 and this is the city’s 20th year of celebration, commemoration and remembrance: 

"In uncertain and divisive times the legacies of transatlantic slavery, intolerance, racism, discrimination and hate crime thrive. That is why it has never been more important to support and get involved in Slavery Remembrance Day. In our 20th year, we’re inviting people to be active, to show their solidarity by walking." 
Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum

Walk of Remembrance

23 August, 11am, city centre, meet at Church street bandstand

Remember the ancestors and the individuals who, deprived of their liberty, enabled Liverpool and Britain to thrive by joining the Walk of Remembrance through the city centre on Slavery Remembrance Day. The route takes in Liverpool One and passes the site of the historic Old Dock where slaver ships would once have moored and been repaired.


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International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4AQ

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A green resistance: plants and enslavement

Have you seen the new design for our Slavery Remembrance Day posters and leaflets for 2018?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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