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The Legacy gallery features reminders of the racism and discrimination faced by the Black population even after the abolition of the slave trade, as well as examples of how the unquenchable spirit of people of African descent has helped to shape the society and cultures of the Americas and Europe.

Four centuries of revolts and revolution are examined on the Fight for Freedom and Equality wall. The story is brought up to date with a film showing prominent 20th century Black leaders and movements, such as Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights movement and the rise of the Black Panther Party.

At the Music Desk you can listen to more than 300 songs from many different genres which are influenced by African music, such as jazz, the blues and Mersey Beat music from Liverpool.

Inspirational members of the African Diaspora are celebrated on the Black Achievers Wall in the gallery. Among the famous faces on the wall are Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali, Oprah Winfrey and the forgotten heroine of the Crimean War, Mary Seacole. We have added several new pictures to the wall since the museum opened. If you would like to nominate a Black achiever for inclusion on the wall you can email the International Slavery Museum .

Highlights from the collection

Follow the links below to find out more about each item.