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.

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

Dorothy Kuya Slavery Remembrance lecture

22 August, 6-7.30pm (doors open 5.30pm)

The 2019 Dorothy Kuya Remembrance lecture will be delivered by Johny Pitts, the award winning writer, photographer and broadcast journalist. Book your ticket on Eventbrite.


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

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sankofa bird logo with text: Slavery Remembrance Day 23 August 2019


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Laura Pye at Liverpool's waterfront

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The International Slavery Museum welcomes the discussion around a London museum on slavery. The work we do here every day promotes education about this critical part of our UK and global history – which is by no means consigned to the past.

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