Slavery remembrance events

Slavery Remembrance

17 August 2018

This year, on Wednesday 22 August, City Hall will remember the millions who suffered due to the Transatlantic slave trade and mark the passing of the Abolition acts. We will also acknowledge its impact on generations of African and Caribbean communities here in London and across the world. Find out more about this event.

There are also other similar events taking place in London:

Slavery Remembrance Community Event in Trafalgar Square

Saturday 18 August 2018, 1–4 pm.

Slavery Remembrance will host their third annual event in Trafalgar Square to mark UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Their organisation was established to promote the UNESCO day and also commemorate victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Their main objectives as an organisation are to educate, celebrate and inspire by:

  • commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • promoting International Slavery Remembrance Day (23 August)
  • challenging views on Africa and its diaspora as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • promoting and celebrating the rich history, culture and achievements of Africa and its diaspora before, during and after the slave trade
  • acting as an umbrella organisation supporting and promoting individuals and organisations whose work focuses on benefiting Africa and its diaspora

The Mayor of London has supported this year’s event.

National Maritime Museum’s day of remembrance, reflection and response to the transatlantic slave trade

Thursday 23 August, 11am–4pm.

Now in its 11th year, the National Maritime Museum will host a day of workshops, family events, storytelling and tours including:

  • an opening ceremony with speeches by Pamela Franklin (from the Caribbean Social Forum)
  • singing from Ethno Vox
  • drumming performances and workshops from Bantu Arts
  • a walk around Greenwich with historian and author S.I.Martin
  • tours of the National Maritime Museum galleries and The Queen’s House with Nkechi Noel
  • pop-up operatic performances by Brolly in the Atlantic Worlds Gallery
  • family storytelling and portrait workshops
  • John Simmonds character actor performances
  • a commemoration ceremony down to the River Thames at 3.30pm