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Slavery Museum marks 10 years with Ink and Blood

Can you believe the International Slavery Museum is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?

The Albert Dock venue opened its doors on Slavery Remembrance Day – August 23 – 2007, the year which marked the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade.

Now a decade on, the museum is marking the occasion with a series of events, starting with the launch of its 10th anniversary exhibition Ink and blood: Stories of abolition.

The show, opening on Monday August 21, aims to explore abolition and reveal the lives, losses, and triumphs of the people it affected in the 18th and 19th centuries and their later freedom.

Among the highlights are an artwork titled UK Diaspora, by Black British artist Kimathi Donkor, a newly acquired sculpture of slave, author and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano by sculptor Christy Symington, and a plantation stock book for the Jamaican Roslin Castle estate, containing an inventory of slaves and animals, which has never been on display before.

International Slavery Museum head Dr Richard Benjamin says: “The opening of this exhibition, which looks at the human face of abolition, is a great reminder of the museum’s roots, opening on the Bicentenary of An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, an important moment in the history of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.”

Meanwhile, this year’s International Slavery Day lecture, on August 22, will be given by Dr Gee Walker, mother of murdered Merseyside teenager Anthony Walker. Tickets HERE.

A letter from William Roscoe to Prince Frederick, Duke of Gloucester (1807)

The day will also include a Unity carnival, running at the Dr Martin Luther King building on the Albert Dock from 11am to 4pm.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of International Slavery Remembrance Day events, and on August 23 there will be the annual Walk of Remembrance and libation ceremony. More details on all the events HERE.

Ink and blood: Stories of abolition is at the International Slavery Museum from August 21 to April 8.

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