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Photos from Slavery Remembrance Day 2016

21 October 2016 by Sarah

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum and Akala on the steps of the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr building.

Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum and Akala on the steps of the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr building. Courtesy of Dave Jones Photography

Almost 9,000 of you visited the International Slavery Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, in the week of Slavery Remembrance Day this year.

Our Slavery Remembrance Day events included the Dorothy Kuya Memorial Lecture delivered in 2016 by BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian, Akala at the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. building.

Many of you attended our Walk of Remembrance through the city, leading to the heart of our Slavery Remembrance Day events, which is the Libation. A Libation is an ancient spiritual ceremony, which involves an offering, and is performed quayside at the city’s waterfront, to commemorate and pay tribute to those affected by slavery. It was led by Chief Angus Chukuemeka of Crawford House.

To everyone who participated and attended, we want to thank you for your support.

The Libation ceremony at the waterfront, led by Chief Angus Chukuemeka.

The Libation ceremony at the waterfront, led by Chief Angus Chukuemeka. Courtesy of Dave Jones Photography

THANK YOU to:

Akala for the Lecture, Katumba for the drumming, Movema for the dancing, Patrick Graham for acting in the Libation ceremony and River Niger for their music. To Yaw Owusu, Nothin’ But The Music, Spxken and Terri Walker for performing and all the members of the public who gave their time to join our Slavery Remembrance Day workshops like the documentary making session with Jernice Easthope.

And to everyone who joined us on the day to walk, show solidarity and remember. And to all the National Museums Liverpool staff who gave their time.

Walk of Remembrance. courtesy of Dave Jones Photography.

Walk of Remembrance. Courtesy of Dave Jones Photography.

Please enjoy this gallery of photographs from this year’s Slavery Remembrance Day events. We hope they bring back good memories, or inspire you today.

We look forward to marking Slavery Remembrance Day with you in 2017, which is also the 10th anniversary year of the International Slavery Museum. We hope for your continued support and feedback for another year.

See our Slavery Remembrance Day 2016 images gallery

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