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August 23rd: Slavery Memorial Day

Jasper: marking slavery memorial day

Today 23rd August marks the official the 3rd national anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade recognised by both UNESCO and the UK government.

With events happening in the famous Slave Ports of Liverpool and Bristol but not in the nation’s capital Lee Jasper looks at the significance of the day for the UK and London’s involvement with one of the greatest crime ever to be committed in human history. Continue reading

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Bristol & Liverpool commemorate Transatlantic Slavery Day

Musician Biram will also be playing at the Celebratory Mini Carnival

A series of community events to celebrate UNESCO Slavery Remembrance Day on Monday 23rd August are planned in the old slave port’s of Bristol and Liverpool. The events include activities such as carnivals, history walks along Bristol’s and Liverpools Slave Trail and a range of free lectures and concerts.

As part of a day to commemorate all of estimated 50 million lives lost to slavery, 23rd August has been chosen by UNESCO and the UK Government to celebrate the resistance and struggles of the enslaved Africans which eventually led to them securing their freedom. Continue reading