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Slavery Abolition Anniversary

1 August 2006 by Karen

Today – 1 August – is the anniversary of the law coming into force that prohibited the slave trade throughout the British Empire. The Slavery Abolition Bill itself received Royal Assent on 29 August 1833 but came into force on this day in 1834.

Slavery Remembrance Day is later this month – 23 August. The date was chosen by UNESCO as on that day in 1791 began an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of St Domingo (modern Haiti and the Dominican Republic). This revolt was a crucial event in the fight against slavery, and stands as a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation.

For more on the transatlantic slave trade visit our website.

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