There is a buzz of excitement here at National Museums Liverpool as the momentum builds towards the opening of the International Slavery Museum. You may have heard already, that the Freedom Schooner Amistad, that set sail from Haven, Connecticut, USA on 21st June, arrived on UK shores yesterday and will be docking in Liverpool on Sunday 19th August, in time for the opening of the International Slavery Museum. Amistad is a replica of the original ship that was commandeered by African captives in 1839, which is why the arrival in Liverpool has been planned to coincide with UNESCO Slavery Remembrance Day and the opening of the new museum.
The Amistad ship will arrive in Liverpool for the opening of the International Slavery Museum
The crew is made up of students from countries around the Atlantic Basin including Michael Simon, from Toxteth, Liverpool. The ship will have a new crew member for the arrival into Liverpool however, as it will be steered into Albert Dock by former Deputy Prime Minister and seaman John Prescott.